Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb said the state government will start distribution of vitamin-C enriched fruits among people to boost their immunities to fight against coronavirus infection. It will be a month-long programme whereby the urban population will be provided with Vitamin C enriched juice and fruits for free.
Tripura’s Law and Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath said the state government will spend Rs one crore to implement the “Programme for boosting public immunity in the urban areas in COVID-19 (Mukhya Mantri Corona Pratirodhak Abhiyan).” The state government will start distributing vitamin-C enriched fruits especially pineapple and lemon from July 4. The fruits will be distributed by urban local bodies throughout the state every Saturday from 12 pm to 4 pm.
Deb said, “These fruits have been bought directly from the farmers so that they could also get benefits. The scheme will be monitored by the National Urban Livelihood Mission at the grassroots.”
“The state horticulture department has given a list of pineapple and lemon growing places and names of farmers to the authorities concerned so that they could buy and supply these fruits,” an official said.
Tripura is known for its exotic and juicy pineapple varieties i.e. Kew and Queen. The queen variety of pineapple is the state fruit and exported to Dubai, Bangladesh and many other countries. Tripura produces around 1.3 lakh tonnes of pineapples annually. Pineapples in the state are grown in 9,628 hectares of land by an estimated over 5,000 farmers.
Average annual production of pineapples in Tripura according to the state’s horticulture department is 126,995 tonnes. The state has favourable climatic conditions for cultivating various jackfruit, pineapple varieties.
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