Nepal: Orange production drops by 20 percent in Khotang

Khotang has seen a 20 percent fall in orange production. While the previous year saw production of 8,250 tons of orange, according to District Agricultural Development Office (DADO) it fell to 7,380 tons this year.

This is partly due to a decrease in acreage; a total of 1,160 hectares of land were used for orange farming last year, whereas only 1,015 hectares of land have been used this year. Therefore the yield has not been sufficient to keep up with the demand in the market.

Due to the fall in production, roadside markets have seen a shortage of oranges; oranges sell for at least 5 rupees (7 eurocent) apiece and around 100 rupees (1.32 euros) per kilogram.

According to a article, Farmers have said that government assistance would help them achieve the full potential of orange farming. “If we could get assistance in packaging, grading, processing, and transporting the finished products, strides could be made in orange cultivation,” said a local farmer.

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