Dina Nath Adhikari, a Damphu-based exporter initiated the orange export from Tsirang and Dagana districts. The first truckload of oranges -about 300 boxes- were sent to Pasakha on December 13. From Pasakha, Indian vehicles would ship the goods up to the India-Bangladesh border. The Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority officials in the district regulated the quality of oranges at the depot in place of Bangladeshi importers.
A contractor from Drujeygang in Dagana, Jigten Dorji said that the price he fetched from selling a DCM truckload of oranges couldn’t recover the investment. “I have paid Nu 90,000 for two orchards but couldn’t get more than Nu 60,000.” According to him, a box of oranges would fetch only half the price of what it could fetch in previous years.
“I have three more orchards bought at Nu 130,000 but now I’m worried that I may not get even half the amount I paid,” he told kuenselonline.com. “Actually the yield was much better this year but the price is disappointing.”
[ Nu100 = €1.10 ]