Authors: Akali Sema, K.K. Jha, Amod Sharma
Keywords: Ananas comosus var. comosus, crop management,commercialization, success stories, rural development
Nagaland, the 16th state of India and situated in the Northeastern part of the country, is known for its potential to grow a wide range ofhorticultural crops. Pineapples are one of the main crops supported by the government for commercialization in this state. Pineapple cultivation has the potential to improve the livelihood of the rural people inthe state. In Nagaland, pineapples have been grown traditionally, however randomly and with low yields and scattered production. Pineapple fruit grown in the state is of excellent quality in terms ofsize, appearance, TSS and other aspects. The soil and climatic conditions are well suited for its cultivation. In addition to this, pineapple has been cultivated organically by default. This hasprovided a great opportunity for a more organized organic pineapple cultivation, focusing on the global market. Progress has been made in the cultivation and commercialization of pineapples in the stateand many rural people have shifted from paddy cultivation, an age-old practice, to pineapple production and thereby improving their livelihood to a great extent. This has led to many districts ofNagaland having taken up pineapple cultivation on a commercial scale. With the large-scale production of pineapple, the establishment of a processing unit has become viable and the state has openedopportunities to become a global player in the organic pineapple trade. A case study on success stories will be presented in this work, illustrating the potential of pineapples to contribute to the economicupliftment of the rural poor and improving their livelihood.
TWENTY-SIX YEARS EXPERIENCE OF COMMERCIALIZATION ON POTATO IRRADIATION AT SHIHORO, JAPAN
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