Shreedharrao Thakare, Executive Director of MahaOrange, the exporter facilitator company engaged in grading, waxing and promotion of oranges, stated: “The Ambia season is good, despite of the long rainy season. The crop is being cultivated on one lakh hectares of land in the region.”
Thakare spoke about ‘Orange Cluster,’ an initiative undertaken by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Government agencies like APEDA are taking awareness programmes and guiding farmers. Such programmes have helped in increasing per acre yield of crop in the region.
The Ambia season will commence from September 25; countries like UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Africa have already placed orders for 1,000 tons of oranges. Those who are experts in the field of agriculture should guide the farmers from time to time in controlling the diseases which are destroying cash crop like oranges. “Three webinars have been conducted under the guidance of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari for orange-growers."