Many measures have been proposed to minimize soil erosion problems on sloping land. The use of vegetative/ live barriers grown on the contour is receiving much attention as a system for the management of hillsides. Barriers which bring financial returns in addition to soil conservation benefits are more acceptable to farmers. These barriers are cared for in the normal manner as other crops. In St. Thomas pineapple barriers are being used by farmers under the Morant Yallahs Agricultural Development Project (MYADP).
Pineapple is mainly used as a fresh fruit. Commercial production is normally geared towards processing.