Lower Dibang Valley district set record in orange prod
Itanagar, Jan 13: After West Siang and Upper Subansiri districts,Lower Dibang Valley district in Arunachal Pradesh has created a recordof sorts in orange production with 1200 metric tonnes produced in anarea of 1045 hectares during 2005-2006.
The villagers of Kapang under Dambuk circle and Balek in Roing areleading by producing best varieties of oranges, according to DistrictHorticulture Development Officer (DHDO) Hibu Dante. ''We areanticipating 1500 metric tonnes of oranges in this year as the farmersare making good money by selling oranges in the season,'' he said andadded that the price of an orange had gone to Rs two at market and Rsone at the garden, owing to a healthy upsurge of demand in theneighbouring states.
The district blessed with rich agro-climatic condition withabundant cultivable land facilitates was helping farmers in makingmaximum profits despite limited inputs. The horticulture department inthe district was extending all possible help to the farmers for maximumcoverage of fruits under technology mission programe and initiatingextensive coverage of orange cultivation under the mission, the officerinformed.
''With its focus on quality production, the department at the sametime is extending adequate incentives and is coordinating with thefarmers besides putting sufficient effort to turn the district into anorange bowl of the state,'' he informed stating that people wereshowing interest to grow more oranges at Dambuk belt and Roingfoothills areas.
The Balek compact orange orchard established way back in 1978 inan area of eight square km in the foothills is yielding bumper cropssince many decades. The farmers were earning between two to three lakheach session, Dante added. ''We are earning Rs 300 to Rs 400 in aseason by selling oranges produced in our kitchen garden, whereas thebig gardens use to auction their products to merchants coming fromTinsukia and Dibrugarh in neighbouring Asom, commented a small growerof the area.