World Orange Festival to be held every year: Dr Ladaniya

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 Dec 2017 10:38:47


Business Bureau,

Exuding confidence that platforms like ‘World Orange Festival’ would help the regional orange growers gain technical knowledge and increase productivity, Dr M S Ladaniya, Director of Central Citrus Research Institute Nagpur, on Monday said, the festival would be organised every year.

He was speaking at the valedictory function of the three-day festival at Suresh Bhatt Sabhagruh, Reshimbagh in the city. He was chief guest at the function.
“The festival saw participation of technical experts representing countries like Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Israel along with many farmers from all over the country. It was an event that gave exposure to our farmers and thus we want this festival to be an annual event,” he said.

Dr M I S Gill, Head, Department of Fruit Science, Ludhiana; Dr A D Huchhe, Chief Scientist at Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola, Dr D M Panchbhai, PDKV, Akola, Dinesh Thakre, Chairman of Katol Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee, Uday Patil, Dr Mohan Patil of Sweet Orange Research Station, Badnapur and Dr A S Rajput, Regional Director of Regional Centre of Organic Farming (RCOF) Nagpur were among the prominent persons present on the occasion.

Ladaniya further said that experts, scientists and farmers had discussed various issues associated with the cultivation of oranges and other related topics that would certainly yield positive results in the coming days.
Panchbhai said, the festival gave an opportunity to the orange growers to interact with national and international level experts. “The farmers have also got to know about new technology and platform for marketing of their farm produce,” he said.

During the three-day festival, the organisers have held two competitions wherein they shortlisted farmers and gave them awards in ‘Best Orange’ and ‘Best Sweet Lime’ categories.
Cash prize and mementos were given to the winners.
Amol Tote, President of Orange Growers Association of India conducted the proceedings of the function.

The World Orange Festival was organised between December 16 and 18 to give new strength to Vidarbha’s agricultural sector and to take Nagpur’s oranges to every corner of the world.

The objective of the festival was to create employment opportunities, promote tourism and develop marketing platform for oranges in the region.