One metric tonnes of Arunachal orange (mandarin), cultivated by farmers of Dambuk in Lower Dibang valley of Arunachal Pradesh, was exported by a Jet Airways flight from here on Tuesday. It will reach Dubai on Wendesday, where it will be sold at Al-Aweer fruit and vegetable market. It provides the freshest produce not only to Dubai but also to the rest of UAE.
Arunachal orange has got a GI (geographical indications) tag.
The initiative was taken by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda), an apex organisation under the ministry of commerce and industry, which promotes export of various agro products.
An Apeda official said, "This is the first air shipment from Guwahati and if the response is good, there is huge scope for exporting other horticultural produce."
He said the Apeda was trying to link remote areas of the Northeast with the international market for export of fruits and vegetables by air.
The exporter is Calcutta-based Kreamery Craft.
Proprietor of Kreamery Craft, Sibanath Bhattacharya, said the sample was highly appreciated in Dubai. "The mandarin is sweet and its shelf life is good. The place where it is grown is remote and no manure is used. This will be a good exposure for the farmers," he said.
The production of Arunachal mandarin was 2,369MT in Lower Dibang valley in 2015-16.
Another consignment of 0.5MT of pineapple produced in Meghalaya's Ri Bhoi district was also exported to Dubai on Tuesday.
The production of pineapple in Ri Bhoi was 44,000MT in 2015-16.
The export value of mandarin and pineapple is around $2,000.
In October last year, 1.05MT of Kew pineapple from Tripura was exported to Dubai via Delhi, which was very well accepted in the market. Following the success, a second consignment of pineapple was sent on December 14 from Agartala to Dubai via the same route.
By: Roopak Goswami | Source: The Telegraph