Operations have restarted at the privately owned pineapple factory, Amazon Caribbean Limited [AMCAR]. The company which experienced a lull in production restarted operations in mid-April and with the harvest of the largest pineapple season, farmers at Mainstay, stand to benefit.
Supervisor of the Mainstay pineapple factory, Joel Fredericks, said that certified organic pineapple farmers, living and conducting operations within the Mainstay will be the beneficiaries since those farmers supply all of their pineapple to the company.
Fredericks said that organic farmers who supply pineapple to the company are experiencing their largest crop, which would extend to July. “It is good for farmers who already have a ready market.’’
The company came into existence almost seven years ago and is based in Mainstay.
Fredericks said that the pineapple chunks that are produced by the company are exported to the European market. Last week the company which is also experiencing a staff shortage, shipped 11,000 pineapple chunks to Georgetown.
As the harvesting of pineapples continues in full swing several stalls in the markets and along the Essequibo Coast are exhibiting the delicious fruit.
A recent visit at both the Anna Regina and Charity markets revealed that pineapples were being sold a very cheap price and are simultaneously being purchased by customers at a fast rate.
The demand for organic pineapple is growing and attracting buyers from different regions in the country.
According to Blendha Jones, a pineapple vendor at the Anna Regina market, she comes out with 300 pineapples daily and at the end of the day she sometimes only takes back home around twenty or so.
She said most of her customers purchased pineapples to bake pinetarts and other pastries and to make jams.
According to the vendor, pineapples are in abundances and farmers are reaping close to 3,000 pineapples per day from their farms.
Another said that the factory is playing an integral role by guaranteeing farmers a “right-away” market.
More recently, the government interjected into the Mainstay Community, $3.5M to assist in packaging and to expand cultivation.
Farmers said the current weather conditions are favourable and they have indeed received a bumper harvest this crop.
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