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Two-day pineapple festival kicks off in northeastern India

STORY: A two-day pineapple festival kicked off in Dimapur city of India’s northeastern Nagaland state on Tuesday (August 08).

Organised by Central Institute of Horticulture, Medziphema, the event aims to promote the farmers and showcase the best quality pineapples grown in the province, considered as one of the best in the world.

The festival was inaugurated by Nagaland governor P.B. Acharya.

Pineapple growers from all over the state have put up their stalls to showcase their produce during the festival.

Several competitions including on-the-spot fruit peeling, slicing and presentation have been organised as part of the event.

Meanwhile, a farmer, Jimmy, highlighted the plight of the pineapple-growers. She said selling the produce has been a major challenge for farmers due to high transport cost.

Pineapples have been traditionally grown in the remote province. According to local media reports, Nagaland produces six tons of pineapple per hectare as compared to neighbouring Assam, which produces 15 tons per hectare.

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