Costa Maya, Q.R. — Pineapple producers in the southern region of the state report 46,800 tons of fruit for the 2021 season. According to the Secretariat of Rural Agricultural Development and Fishing (Sedarpe), 1,200 plants produced the 46,800 tons of pineapple over 900 hectares.
In Quintana Roo, about 700 producers from 16 Ejidos in the municipalities of Othón P. Blanco, Bacalar and José María Morelos grow the state’s pineapples.
Sedarpe head, Luis Torres Llanes recently toured the pineapple growing area in the Manuel Ávila Camacho Ejido of Bacalar, where he heard from producers, the expectations of the growth and development of production.
Llanes stressed that the growing of pineapples in the southern region is vital since it provides entire communities with income. Currently, there are 900 hectares producing the fruit, a figure that is currently being increased to 1,200.
Pineapple growing season for the state runs from February to the end of September. Farmers say one hectare can produce 52 tons with a market price of 8,000 peso.