Kapugama said that Sri Lanka should promote high density planting and intensive management to boost pineapple cultivation in the country.
Pineapple cultivators in Sri Lanka face many challenges due to the scarcity of land, healthy suckers and the absence of high yielding cultivation methods. The high cost of fertiliser is a major factor that affects the cost of production.
Kapugama said that due to the problems faced by pineapple cultivators exporters and pineapple-based product manufacturers are adversely affected. “There should be a proper mechanism to obtain information on pineapple sucker providers based on their reputation”, Kapugama said.
She said that it is essential to promote good practices in pineapple cultivation and added that a market should be created for the organic cultivation of pineapple.