Suppliers say that with more oranges getting rejected at the depots in Gelephu, the returns from the orange export this season had dropped almost by half. Supplier Loknath Koiralasaid they were not aware of the rate in the beginning when they had to harvest the produce to avoid wild animals damaging it. He said since the depots were ready, they were excited about the export. “Now we have to bear a huge loss. Transportation costs have doubled while the orchard owners charged us a high price for the oranges.”
He said that the farmers and suppliers have to bear the huge loss from the pandemic. “Oranges couldn’t fetch a good price in the market this year.” While exporters have to bear expenses on packing, grading, loading, and unloading, suppliers reach the produce till the depots from the orchards.
Another supplier, who is currently working in one of the depots in Gelephu said they had to bear the main loss of poor market price. An inspector from Bangladesh said the oranges are delayed for one day at depots in Gelephu because of labour shortage. “The produce should reach Bangladesh at the earliest. We need 72 hours to sell the product but the current oranges are not lasting even 24 hours.”
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