Cuba introduces new pineapple variety that triples yield
Farmers from this central Cuban province started sowing a new variety of
pineapple that triples the yield of previous ones and has higher
concentrations of sugar and Vitamin C, according to experts.
Known as MD-2, the species is capable of producing from 80 to 120 tons
per hectare, three times more than the traditional Red Spanish, the most
common variety in the country.
This kind of fruit consists in a hybrid obtained in labs in Hawaii from
the Smooth Cayenne variety, which is characterized by its big size,
cylindrical shape and very few thorns.
The head of the Business Unit for Fruit Trees in Ciego de Avila
province, Raul Batista, told the press that the first of 67 hectares are
Meanwhile, Rolando Macias, in charge of assorted crops in the province,
said that a modern central pivot irrigation machine has been installed,
which will irrigate the area planted with the MD-2 crop.
Farmers, both governmental and private, have sown over 475 hectares of
pineapple since last year, as part of a plan to recover the symbol of
The project covers 8 of the province's 10 municipalities, with quality
seedlings supplied by producers in the provinces of Villa Clara and
Matanzas, and the first harvest will take place in January.
Pineapples were brought to Cuba from South America. There are over 800
species in the world, being the Red Spanish variety, genetically
improved by way of biotechnology, the most cultivated on the island.
Cuba introduces new pineapple variety that triples yield (22 October 2009)