President Ram Nath Kovind has declared Tripura’s queen variety pineapple as state fruit. Tripura is one of the largest pineapple growing states in country. There are more than 100 commercial scale pineapple plantations spread throughout the state.
Queen pineapple is spiny, golden yellow in colour. It has pleasant aroma and flavour. Its sweetness and unique aroma differentiates it from pineapples of other states of Northeast region. It had received Geographical Indication (GI) tag in 2015 and was helped by North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation, a central public sector unit in getting it. APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority), an apex organisation under Ministry of Commerce and Industry has helped export Kew variety of pineapples from Tripura to West Asia.
President also dedicated 73.71km stretch of National Highway 8 (NH-8) from Mata Tripurasundari temple in Udaipur of Gomati district to Sabroom in South Tripura.m The NH-8 connects Tripura with the rest of the country via Assam and Meghalaya. The newly inaugurated stretch of highway extends it up to southern Tripura’s border town Sabroom.