Arunachal oranges and pineapples in Dubai market

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By Nilakshi Goswami

Guwahati, January 3: Mandarin farmers of Arunachal Pradesh and pineapple farmers of Meghalaya are overjoyed at their cultivation produces being selected for export in Dubai.

One metric tonnes of mandarin oranges from Arunachal—the oldest cultivated fruit of the state—produced by the farmers of Dambuk in Lower Dibang valley of Arunachal Pradesh, was exported by a Jet Airways flight on Tuesday. Arunachal orange, that has got a GI (Geographical indication) tag, will reach Dubai on Wednesday where it will be sold at Al-Aweer fruit and vegetable market, one of the places that provides freshest of foods not merely in Dubai but also rest of the UAE.

This measure was initiated by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda), an apex organization, under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, which facilitates and promotes exports of agriculture and other allied products. A source further reveals that this was the first ever air shipment from Guwahati, and if the responses are positive, a huge prospect of exporting of other horticultural produce might open up.