Pineapple farmers in crisis due to price drop; hopes for govt help
Cheruthoni (Idukki): The pineapple farmers are in a debt trap due to the huge expense incured for cultivation and price drop of fruits. As the merchants did not come to buy pineapples, the farmers themselves initiated to sell the fruits during the season.
Earlier, farmers get upto Rs 40 per fruit. But now the price has dropped to 25. However, only the good-looking large-sized fruits are fetching Rs 25 per kilogram. The farmers said they spent upto Rs 30 for producing one kilogram pineapple.
The merchants stopped coming to purchase the fruits due to the price drop. With this, the farmers started selling directly. However, Covid restriction was imposed and there was decrease in the number of passengers. Festivals, wedding parties and tourism sector were stopped and this affected the pineapple market.
Covid restrictions affected transportation of pineapples to other states. Following this, the farmers are compelled to sell the fruit for mere Rs 20 though the production cost is over Rs 30. The farmers who started cultivation by taking huge loans are in crisis. They expect assistance from the government to overcome the situation.