Havana, Oct 17 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Pineapple Working Group at the International Society for Horticultural Sciences (ISHS), Domingo Haroldo Reinhardt, has praised today the importance of this fruit, considered the queen among all tropical ones.
In conversation with Prensa Latina during the 9th International Pineapple Symposium -an event held for the first time in Cuba-, Reinhardt said that there are around 80 countries with significant production of this fruit, one of the most traditional ones after banana and mango, he said.
This is the third most produced fruit among the tropical and subtropical ones, the ISHS expert said. ISHS is the largest horticultural society in the world, made up of more than 7,000 scientists, he said.
According to Reinhardt, Costa Rica has been the largest producer and exporter of pineapple globally, while his country, Brazil, is second in terms of volume of production.
The executive said that everyone in the sector wants today to increase the production of this plant, using less natural resources and less damage to the environment, aspects that stand out in the exhibitions of the event.
In his opinion, the pineapple peel is a limitation for a greater consumption of this fruit, which is at a disadvantage with banana or mango.
However, its peeling and chopped marketing is currently increasing in markets, which facilitates its growing consumption.
Reinhardt gave, as a researcher, a keynote speech entitled ‘Limitations for the cultivation and marketing of pineapple ‘, which is a contribution to the studies on this fruit at international level with a view to solving these difficulties and future working goals.
This forum is parallel held in a capital hotel to the 5th Symposium on Tropical and Subtropical Fruit Growing, both grouped in ‘Fruticultura 2017 ‘, with the participation of more than 400 delegates from 24 countries of America, Europe and other continents.