SIBU: There is money to be made in honey pineapple farming provided the right planting technique is used.
Emang Jana, 57, and his wife Lenok Saging, 49, can attest to that.
Every weekend, they can be seen selling the fruit at the Sunday market.
At 10am on Saturday, the couple were smiling happily as they had sold 65 of the 75 pineapples they brought to sell there.
They expected the last 10 pineapples to be snapped up in the next hour.
“On weekdays, you can find us at the pasar tamu held at the central market and on every Saturday and Sunday, we are at the Sunday market,” said Emang.
His sweet pineapples are priced between RM5 and RM10 each, depending on size.
He said they had only started planting pineapples on their 1.2ha plot of land in Sungai Lenang near the Tanjung Manis Halal Hub about a year ago.
“Before that, we planted vegetables, fruits and oil palm on a smaller scale but decided to grow pineapples as we have enough land,” he said.
The fruit, he said, took about a year to mature for harvesting.
“I only apply fertiliser three times, about a month before harvesting.
“Other than that, I let it grow on its own without any fertiliser,” he said.
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