AgathalaNaggur Researchers: Orange gardens in Tripoli can be renovated. Central Citrus Research Institute (CRI) said.
A CCRI team led by Director Dlippe Kumar Gosh recently visited Jamphi Hills in North Tripoli, where 75-80 of the 200 orange farmers in the state trained.
“Orange growers in the state are regularly assisted by scientific methods of caring for plants and preventing pests and increasing their production,” said PB Jamatia, director of the government’s Fruit and Vegetation Department, on Friday.
Many oranges in the region have been destroyed by drought, pest infestation, and the climate of Jammu and Hills, he said.
“At first it was good but the farmers did not take proper care of the trees.
Orange production in Jammu and Hills has declined by 35-40 percent over the years. Last year it was 4.48 metric tons, Jamaatia said.
Last year, 40 hectares of land in the state was planted with an orange fruit cultivation program and an additional 20-25 hectares will be harvested, he said.
The Department of Fruit and Vegetation said it has been promoting the development of oranges in non-traditional areas such as Kill and Ampi in Gomati Woreda.
“When the new areas grow faster and have better digestibility, only local plants are sown,” he added.
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