IMPHAL | Jun 23: As the four-day ‘Festival of Pineapple and Summer Fruits’ concluded today, pineapple farm owners are expressing their disappointment on not making any profits during the festival. One such pineapple farm owner who sold the fruit from her own farm expressed that it is better to sell them at the market instead of displaying them at the festival.

The festival which was organised with the aim to promote pineapples and fruits farming in the surrounding areas of Sangaithel park witnessed a shortage in number of fruit stalls. Among 35 stalls opened at the festival, there were reportedly only 10 pineapple stalls, two water melon stalls while remaining stalls were occupied for opening restaurants and shops.

The festival which started on June 19 at Sangaithel Park, was jointly organised by the district administration, Imphal West and Sangaithel Park Management Committee in collaboration with ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre, Central Agricultural University (CAU), department of Horticulture and Soil Conservation, Planning, Agriculture and Commerce and Industries to promote fruit farming and conservation of environment.

It may be mentioned that the surrounding areas has a total population of 1,232 people out of which 130 people are engaged in pineapple farming. They are producing around 4,510 tonnes and the festival aimed to promote fruit farmers from surrounding villages like Longa Koireng, Thangjing Chiru and Khoken. However, stalls which displayed pineapples were lesser in numbers compared to the remaining numbers of stalls.

~IFP

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