Arunachal orange embarks on ‘global reach’

Arunachal orange embarks on ‘global reach’

ITANAGAR, Jan 2: Entry of horticultural fruits from Arunachal Pradesh in the international market took off in a modest way today with the dispatching of first set of Arunachal oranges meant for the Dubai market under the aegis of the Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) and with the active intervention of the Department of Horticulture, Govt of AP.

The consignment was flagged off by Sunita Rai, Assistant General Manager, APEDA, Guwahati from the LGB airport, which will travel to the IGI airport, New Delhi enroute Dubai.

The small consignment of one metric tonne fruit from the orchards of progressive orange farmer Todol Pertin of Dambuk in Lower Dibang Valley district was picked up by the exporter M/s Kreamery Kraft of Kolkata after ascertaining the market acceptability of the fruit from the Dambuk and Siang belt based on a small sample sent to Dubai earlier in November.

Similar exercises of testing market acceptability for Arunachal Kiwi was also carried out which has received encouraging response laying the groundwork for large-scale export of the fruit in the coming harvest season. This was a follow-up to the discussions during the World Food India Event 2017 held on 3rd to 5th November 2017 in New Delhi where Arunachal Pradesh had participated and expressed its desire to follow in the footsteps of Tripura, which had exported its pineapples to Dubai using the newly established cold storage facilities in the IGI airport.

Secretary Horticulture informed that the state had also benefitted enormously as a result of the B2G and B2B discussions in the aforesaid event, as the kiwis from Ziro area had been lifted in large quantities by firms/business houses from Jaipur and Guwahati as well as Big Basket.

In spite of being late in the season for kiwi in November, 35 Mts have been supplied to these firms though the entire demanded quantity of Grade A fruit could not be supplied. With mechanized grading machines, better packaging materials and closer supervision and guidance in the cultivation and harvesting process by the department, the state could see a greater surge in export related activities in not only fruits but spices and vegetables as well.

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