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Guidance on MD 2 pineapple cultivation in Sri Lanka

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Colombo, April 12 (Daily Mirror) - The Agriculture Department is set to provide urgent recommendations for the cultivating one of the world's most popular pineapple varieties, MD 2 or Super Sweet Pineapple (Ananas comosus) in Sri Lanka.

Agriculture and Plantation Industries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said the most delicious pineapple species in the world are reported from Sri Lanka. Therefore, there is a great demand in the world market for pineapples grown in Sri Lanka.

Even though there is a huge demand for the MD 2 pineapple variety in the world market, no steps have been taken to cultivate this pineapple variety in this country. The research conducted to cultivate this pineapple variety with a sweet taste and minimum acidity in Sri Lanka has also been successful.

Under the recommendations of the Crop Release Committee, the Minister advised the Agriculture Department to speed up the process of recommending this MD 2 pineapple variety for cultivation in Sri Lanka.

Under the Agriculture Sector Modernization Programme, the research conducted for the cultivation of this MD 2 pineapple variety in Sri Lanka has been successful and the farmers have also expressed interest in cultivating this pineapple variety, Minister Amaraweera said.

  Comments - 6

  • Hadam Tuesday, 16 April 2024 12:45 PM

    That is correct. I have travelled and tasted pineapples in many countries but nothing comes close to Sri Lankan pineapples.

    FredSnR Tuesday, 16 April 2024 01:15 PM

    I agree not just pineapples all fruits in SL taste sweet, something in the soil. But grow it yourself, then the country will benefit, the farmer will benefit, don't hand acreage to a multinational, that will a wealth transfer

    Shera Tuesday, 16 April 2024 01:59 PM

    It is the rich fertile soil. All islands and countries blessef with rich fertile soil will produce amazing fruit. Other countries have to add many ingredients to enrich the soil and make it fertile enough to grow produce. But it can never match what God our Creator has done.

    D LL Gunasekera Tuesday, 16 April 2024 02:04 PM

    Same stories repeating last 75 years under different names of Ministers. Nothing new in agricultural section.Will see next 75 years.

    Citizen k Tuesday, 16 April 2024 02:58 PM

    Finally ,sanity prevails .Desperate agricultural areas into zones .Grow the most suitable crop,build either ware house,cannery or chill rooms in appropriate areas to keep items in optimum condition and offer farmers fair price.Appoint think tanks in maximising product use and things will turn around for the country.Same goes for non perishable items too.

    Sambo Tuesday, 16 April 2024 08:24 PM

    Very good. We need a lot more products to recommended to the world. Great wok will lead to development.

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