Plans are underway for further investment in Antigua and Barbuda’s Black Pineapple, says Information Minister Melford Nicholas who was questioned by the media about the country’s famous fruit
Nicholas said the demand for the fruit exceeds the current supply, and as a result, the government intends to enter into tissue culture to help increase production while maintaining the genetics of the tasty fruit.
“As far as I’m aware, there is some attempt at doing some tissue culture to be able to ensure that we can maintain the genetics of that particular plant and certainly the stock that would be required to regenerate a whole grove of Antigua, black pineapples,” he said
Nicholas said the concern right now to the Ministry of Agriculture is whether or not we can begin to re-propagate the land area in Cades Bay to ensure that there is sufficient production of the Antigua black Pineapple to meet its requirement.
Meanwhile, the annual PiAngo Festival is currently in the planning stages
It is a forum for vendors to display a variety of mangoes, the Antigua Black pineapple, along with local cuisine, drinks, and other locally made products.
The annual Mango Fest was rebranded in 2019 as ‘PiAngo Fest’ with the inclusion of the Antigua Back pineapple in the festivities.