JULY 16, 2013
Cultivating passion fruit is now more than a hobby in Idukki. The procurement centres in major towns have started buying the fruits directly from farmers. The price at the procurement centres is around Rs.25 per kilogram. Babychan, an exporting agent, said there were industries in Erattupetta, Mundakkayam and Thiruvanathapuram that extract the juice from the fruit and sell it. However, farmers have not started commercially cultivating it. “The vine grows on its own and provides the fruit, which is being sold,” said Anoj Kunnumpurathu, a resident. He said that earlier farmers used to destroy the vines. But now they collect the fruits and sell them.