Farmer expects sweet venture to pay off

Mohd Ali showing the nanas cobek harvested from his farm. — Bernama

TUMPAT: Although just entering the market, nanas cobek (a pull-apart pineapple variety) which has been successful in other countries can also be a lucrative crop for farmers here.

Kelantan’s sole grower, Mohd Ali Daim Ibrahim, said the juicy and sweet pineapple which could fetch RM10 per kg was unique because it did not need to be peeled.

The skin can be pulled off ripe fruitlets, he said.

“I got the pineapple seeds from suppliers in a few countries, including a neighbouring country. I expect to get my first big-scale harvest early next year.

“Prior to this, I planted the fruit on a trial basis and it has brought added value to the MD2 pineapple I have been growing for the past two years,” he said.

Mohd Ali has a 12ha farm in Pulau Kerbau where he also grows crops like corn and watermelon.

He said he grows the two types of pineapples over more than 2ha of land and believes he would be able to make at least RM350,000 from them.He said the pull-apart pineapple could grow to almost 2kg, and sold for close to RM20 each.

“The fruits are currently in high demand,” said Mohd Ali.

He said he received guidance from the Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board (LPNM) for best results in planting.

Kemubu Agricultural Development Authority (Kada) chairman, Datuk Husam Musa who visited the farm, said he wanted farmers to cash in on pineapple farming and that Kada would help them.

“We have an allocation of RM2mil and those interested in pineapple farming can apply,” he said, too.

Husam urged farmers to put idle land to good use by planting pineapple and hoped LPNM would provide assistance to farmers along with marketing skills.

“Pineapple farming could be a sweet deal for producers and consumers. Even pineapple plant waste can be turned into cattle feed pellets which produce good fat in cows,” he said. – Bernama

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