Pineapples

RONHAI run a program to propagate pineapples in the community as a source of income.

In Uganda, the pineapple is mainly grown in the west. The plant is fairly drought and disease resistant and is a tradable crop which generates reasonable income. Pineapples are propagated by planting crowns, slips or suckers and planting takes place at the start of the rainy season.

Raw pineapple is a source of manganese and vitamin C. It contains a protein digesting enzyme bromelain. It is used as a fruit as well as for producing juice.

In July 2017 RONHAI invested in a new pineapple field. With the support of German friends, the existing banana field was extended to cultivate pineapples and 16,000 pineapple suckers were bought from Mukono Zone Agricultural Research and Development Institute. Planting took place by the farmers who are benefitting from the harvest, with the farmers also being responsible for weed control, mulching and application of fertilizer. Fertilizers were bought and started to be applied one month after planting. The RONHAI project coordinator supervises the plantation and advices farmers on pineapple agronomy. Pineapples mature at 12-17 months, at which point the famers can sell the crop. In addition, up to three suckers can be extracted from the plant, allowing one sucker to be kept to maintain the plantation while the other suckers can be sold.