The Ministry of Commerce & Industry has announced that the first consignment of Nagpur oranges was flagged off to Dubai on 13 February from Vashi, Navi Mumbai. A total of 1,500 crates were loaded in the refrigerated container from Vanguard Health Care facility.
The Ministry’s statement said that production of the Nagpur mandarin fruit crop in central and western part of India is increasing every year. According to the Maharashtra State Agriculture Department, 4 mln hectares of land is under orange cultivation in Nagpur District and 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 the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA). The APEDA officer in Mumbai has been nominated as a nodal officer for implementation of the AEP and cluster development of Nagpur oranges.
One of the exporters procured oranges directly from the farmers of Warud Taluka and brought them to an APEDA funded VHT Facility at Vashi, Navi Mumbai. At the VHT pack house, the oranges were graded and sorted. New plastic crates were designed and developed by the exporter to carry 10 kgs per crate.