Activity IDB-Comp. 2-3: Strengthening of the Production of Passion Fruit, Pineapple and Soursop
Country Suriname
Last update: 07/02/2019
Lead organisation organisation details Ministery of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries
Coordinator person details Esther Doelahasori
Budget US - US Dollar 811,000
Project period 30/01/2016 to 30/01/2021
Countries: Suriname 
Summary Farmers in Surinam grow a wide range of tropical fruits, which are consumed fresh or are processed into drinks, pulp or conserved fruit. Most of the fruit production is for local consumption (except bananas), but some export opportunities (all still very small) have emerged lately. Import substitution is another opportunity, which, with the devaluation of the Surinamese dollar, has become more attractive. This project aims at: improving and/or maintaining the genepool of the three selected fruits; and improving the production techniques practiced by farmers, with a specific emphasis on organic alternatives. This project is a component of the Strengthening of Agricultural Innovation which is financed by the IDB.

Background Maintaining some level of competitiveness in producing fruit crops is essential in order to: (a) withstand import from elsewhere, (b) offer the consumer in Surinam a wide choice of healthy fruits, and (c) keep a diversified portfolio of potential export opportunities open. For all three fruits, fresh export in large quantities seems to be out of reach because of high transportation costs, small volumes and inadequate cooling infrastructure. The export of processed fruit is for all three fruits a more plausibly option and several initiatives along these lines are currently being implemented or explored (i.e., export of passion fruit pulp by Carifruits, dried pineapple by SCF, pineapple pulp by LVV/Amea Cashew company, and soursop pulp/concentrate by LAL Farms). However, in order to produce for export, farmers have to: (i) adhere to international quality standards; and (ii) raise their productivity in order to compete internationally. Moreover, exporters see in particular opportunities for organically produced fruits, which adds to the quality and production standards farmers have to adhere to.

The interventions proposed for all three crops comprise: (i) a strengthening of the genetic base by introducing improved, imported varieties; (ii) an update of the production manual (including organic production methods); and (iii) promotion of best practices. Together this package should lead to higher yields per hectare and better profitability. In turn, this may also lead to an expansion of the area under production if demand can be secured. As past experiences have shown, the local market can get easily saturated and hence securing an export market outlet before significantly expanding production is important.
For all three crops, small farmers will be the primary beneficiaries of the project.
Objective Main objective: Strengthening of the production of passion fruit, pineapple, and soursop in Suriname
Intermediate objectives:
- Enhanced productivity of the fruit crops targeted; and
- Organic production techniques promoted as an alternative and adopted by some farmer’s in
niche markets.
Setup and activities Overall budget of the project is just over US$ 811,000, of which roughly US$ 532,000 will be financed by the IDB loan and US$ 279,000 by LVV.
(Expected) Results • For all three crops, the project aims at three interventions:
(1) Provide farmers access to better varieties
(2) Promote better production practices
(3) Offer alternative organic solutions for those farmers aiming that market.
List Keywords
1.1 Socio- economic Sector (OECD) 311 Agriculture
1.4 Target group(s) 2. SMEs/Private sector
4. Research community
2.2 Production Chain 2. Production & Management
3. Pest & Disease Control
2.3 Commodity group Food crops
7.1 Suriname-Districts Marowijne
Role Person name
Project leader person details Esther Doelahasori
Support staff person details Soesila Udit-Ramautar
Support staff person details Jolanda Verwey
Relation Activity
Project of Programme project details IDB-Comp.: Agricultural Competitiveness Program
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