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Pineapple Cultivation as Intercrops in Village of Village of Bikang: Would Escalate Palm Oil Plantation Productivity



Special doc./The cultivation of pineapple as intercrop in Village of Bikang to escalate palm oil plantation productivity
Pineapple Cultivation as Intercrops in Village of Village of Bikang: Would Escalate Palm Oil Plantation Productivity

InfoSAWIT, SOUTH BANGKA– Village of Bikang, Sub district of Toboali, Regency of South Bangka, Kepulauan Bangka Belitung Province started cultivating pineapple as intercrop in palm oil plantations in the village.

“Since 2022, the village and Village Enterprises of Mitra Muda Village of Bikang has taken advantages on palm oil plantations in the village to cultivat pineapple in intercrop system,” Head of Village of Bikang, Zulfani said in Toboali, as InfoSAWIT quoted from Antara, Wednesday (12/6/2024).

He also mentioned that pineapple is chosen because it is easy to nurse, and the long tradition of villagers of Bikang as pineapple farmers. "From the past, Village of Bikang has been famous with pineapple and we have to take care of it. besides, pineapple produced in Bikang is tasty, sweet, and has not much water inside,” he said.

Pineapple is cultivated in palm oil plantations of the village that lays on about 12 hectares within about 30 thousand trees. The Village Enterprises are in charge to nurse and cultivate the pineapple. “The cultivation and nursery would cover the planting until the harvest. It would be 12 months to get harvest as the fastest one, and 15 months the longest within two applications of fertilizers,” Zulfani explained.

The harvest would be directly sold to pineabple gathering spot as the fuel to produce Habang Drink. "The pineapple would be harvested and sold to Bangsal Nanas to produce Habang Drink," he said.

Secretary of Village Enterprises, Mitra Muda Village of Bikang, Marda said that it would be easy to nurse pineapple. It would be about cleaning the weeds and applying the fertilizers. “We just clean the weeds around the pineapple and apply some fertilizers. Besides, we also sort the fruits to be harvested,” Marda said. (T2)

 

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