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APEDA facilitates the first Consignment of MD 2 Pineapples from India to UAE

In a significant stride for India's fresh fruit export sector, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, facilitated the successful export of the first consignment of MD 2 variety pineapples to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The consignment, comprising 8.7 metric tons (650 boxes) of MD 2 pineapples, was ceremoniously flagged off by the Chairman of APEDA, Mr. Abhishek Dev, alongside senior officials from APEDA and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute (ICAR CCARI).

The MD 2 pineapple, known as "Golden Ripe" or "Super Sweet," is highly esteemed in the pineapple industry and extensively cultivated in Costa Rica, the Philippines, and Thailand. ICAR CCARI provided essential technical support for post-harvest management and developed sea protocols for the MD 2 pineapples cultivated in Maharashtra's Sindhudurg district. A private firm successfully grew this variety on 200 acres through collaboration with local farmers, ensuring superior quality and yield.

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