The Star Online – More land needed for pineapple plantation

JOHOR BARU: Malaysia will need at least another 3,000ha of land to grow MD2 pineapples in order to meet the demand of domestic and overseas markets.

Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub said currently there was only 2,000ha of land in the country used for the purpose of growing pineapples, majority of which was in Johor.

“Our MD2 pineapples are exported to more than 13 countries including Oman, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Singapore and South Korea.

“Kuwait and China are the latest on the list of countries that we export the pineapples to, and we are also in discussion with several European countries to export the fruit to them in the near future,” he said after visiting Kulim Pineapple Farm in Ulu Tiram here.

Salahuddin pointed out that Malaysia currently exported 100 containers of MD2 pineapples to these countries every month, and about 50 containers to China starting next year.

He added that one container alone contained about 18 tonnes of MD2 pineapples.


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