120 tonnes of Nagpur oranges to be exported to Dubai

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Jan 2018 10:14:40


District Correspondent,


THE cultivators in Wardha-Nagpur orange belt will gain cheerful experience as 120 tonnes of Nagpur oranges will be exported to Dubai in five containers through sea-route soon. The orange growers in Wardha district have sufficient share in the proposal who are desperately longing for good price for their yield.

Earlier, the people in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh had enjoyed the deliciousness of Nagpur oranges. The Orange Growers’ Association had sent their citrus fruit to Dubai last year and these fruit became a favourite one among them, informed Sridhar Thakare, Director of Maha Orange Project at Karanja (Ghadge) in Wardha district.

While talking to ‘The Hitavada’, he further mentioned that the said project was given nod at Karanja (Ghadge) during the tenure of Union Agriculture Minister, Sharad Pawar.
With the progressive measures, the support from the orange growers and guidance from Union Minister, Nitin Gadkari, the export of oranges would come to reality.
In the present scenario, due to natural and some other reasons, it is difficult for the farmers to witness a good price for their produce. The same position is also with the orange growers.

The oranges are sold for Rs 30,000 to 35,000 per tonne in the country whereas the foreign market has given the price of Rs 45,000 to 50,000 per tonne.
Hence, the farmers have the mindset of exporting the oranges to the foreign countries.
“Even though, Punjabi Oranges are available in Dubai market, the sweetness and colour of Nagpuri Santras have occupied a special place in the hearts of Dubai people,” added Thakare.

Sridhar Thakare, who is also one of the office-bearers of Santri Utpadak Sanghatana, hoped that the export of Nagpuri Santra to Mumbai would enhance good revenue to the orange growers and the export of oranges through sea-route would reduce the cost of exporting.