Although, orange growers in Vidarbha faced financial losses as a huge crop has been destroyed by calamities like untimely rainfall and hailstorm, whatever produce is available, some portion of it is all set to cross borders. MahaOrange has received order of 30 containers from Bahrain and Qatar. Each container will have 25 tonne, disclosed Shreedharrao Thakre, Executive Director of MahaOrange while talking to The Hitavada.
He said, ‘Mrig’ oranges are of good quality. Oranges from Vidarbha are in regular demand from Bangladesh. “We export daily to Bangladesh. As a sample, last year we had exported 6 tonne to Behrain by air. We had also exported another 12 tonne to Dubai,” Thakre said. MahaOrange was formed to initiate the export of orange in the international market as well as to strengthen the domestic marketing system of orange. It was established in March, 2008. MahaOrange has 5 orange growers co-operative societies. In order to give maximum returns to the orange growers, several initiatives have been taken up by MahaOrange by arranging events like orange festivals in various cities with the help of Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board (MSAMB).
In order to enlighten the growers about the technical know- how about quality production, training and display programmes are being organised by MahaOrange in association with MSAMB in different orange growing belts. “With the active support of Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister, an orange cluster has been formed. It has rekindled hopes among orange growers and is supporting them to boost the exports,” Thakre said.
Activities like continued farmer training and the exporter registration process are under way and will end on January 25. “The harvesting of the Mrig oranges which started from January 15 will continue up to April 10. Despite hailstorm, the production of oranges this year is 4 lakh tonne,” he said.
He said, on January 29, another workshop of exporters, farmers and experts has been arranged which will provide an interactive platform.
“Vilas Shinde, Managing Director of Sahyadri Farms, which has emerged as India’s largest grape exporter of 2018-19, will also be visiting Vidarbha. He is taking an interest in exporting oranges to European countries,” Thakre said.
Source: The Hitavada