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First consignment of Nagpur oranges flagged off to Dubai

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, February 15, 2020

The first consignment of Nagpur oranges was flagged off to Dubai on February 13 from Vashi, Navi Mumbai.

An official press release said today that a total of 1,500 crates were loaded in the refrigerated container from Vanguard Health Care (VHT) facility. Nagpur mandarin is one of the best mandarins in the world. Production of this fruit crop in the central and western part of India is increasing every year.

Mrig crop (monsoon blossom), which matures in February–March, has great potential for export since arrivals of mandarin fruit in the international market are less during this period. According to the Maharashtra State Agriculture Department, 40 lakh hectares of land is under orange cultivation in Nagpur district.

Major orange growing pockets are Warud, Katol, Saoner, Kalameshwar and Narkhed in Nagpur and Amravati districts. In the whole region, only one variety of Nagpur Mandarin is grown.

For the implementation of the Agriculture Export Policy, (AEP) Nagpur district is being developed as a cluster for Nagpur Orange by APEDA. The APEDA officer in Mumbai has been nominated as a nodal officer for implementation of AEP and cluster development of Nagpur orange.

The international trade in 2018 for orange was USD 10183 million. India produced 8,781 thousand tons of orange in 2018-19 (orange includes mandarin, clementine).