APEDA Facilitates first consignment of MD 2 pineapples from India to UAE

June 13, 2024 | Orissa Diary |

The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) of India recently achieved a breakthrough in its fresh fruit export sector by successfully exporting the first consignment of MD 2 variety pineapples to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Led by APEDA Chairman Shri Abhishek Dev, the consignment consisted of 8.7 metric tons (650 boxes) of MD 2 pineapples, known for their exceptional sweetness and quality.

This achievement marks a pivotal moment in India's agricultural export history, demonstrating the country's capability to produce and supply premium pineapples to global markets. The MD 2 pineapple, often referred to as "Golden Ripe" or "Super Sweet," is highly regarded internationally and extensively cultivated in countries like Costa Rica, the Philippines, and Thailand.

The successful export was made possible through collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research – Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute (ICAR CCARI), which provided crucial technical support for post-harvest management and sea protocol development. The pineapples were cultivated in Maharashtra's Sindhudurg district and underwent meticulous grading, sorting, and packing at Panvel, Navi Mumbai, before being shipped from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) to the UAE.

APEDA's ongoing efforts to promote fresh fruit and vegetable exports have been reinforced by this milestone, expanding India's footprint in global markets and adding MD 2 pineapples to its diverse export portfolio.

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