APEDA Facilitates Maiden Shipment of MD 2 Pineapples from India to UAE

GG News Bureau
New Delhi, 14th June. 
In a landmark achievement for India’s fresh fruit export sector, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, has successfully overseen the export of the first consignment of MD 2 variety pineapples to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The ceremonial flag-off of the consignment, consisting of 8.7 metric tons (650 boxes) of MD 2 pineapples, was conducted by Shri Abhishek Dev, Chairman of APEDA, alongside senior officials from APEDA and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research – Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute (ICAR CCARI).

“This moment marks a significant milestone in India’s agricultural export journey, demonstrating our capability to produce and supply high-quality pineapples to global markets,” remarked Shri Abhishek Dev. “The MD 2 variety, known for its exceptional sweetness and premium quality, is set to make its debut in the UAE market,” he added.

The MD 2 pineapple, also recognized as “Golden Ripe” or “Super Sweet,” enjoys widespread cultivation in countries such as Costa Rica, the Philippines, and Thailand, owing to its superior taste and market demand.

ICAR CCARI played a pivotal role by providing essential technical support for post-harvest management and developing sea protocols suitable for MD 2 pineapples grown in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra’s Konkan region. In collaboration with local farmers, a private firm successfully cultivated this variety across 200 acres, ensuring optimal quality and yield.

Following rigorous grading, sorting, and packing procedures in Panvel, Navi Mumbai, the consignment was transported to the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) for onward shipment to the UAE.

APEDA continues to champion the export of fresh fruits and vegetables from India, with the successful shipment of MD 2 pineapples marking a significant addition to India’s export portfolio and enhancing its footprint in the global marketplace.

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