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Arunachal takes steps to step up apple production

india Updated: Sep 13, 2009 15:22 IST

Apple production started in Arunachal Pradesh a couple of years back but the state is yet to become a producer of any repute mainly due to lack of post harvest facilities in the state.

However, the Technology Mission for Horticulture in Northeastern states has now decided to impart training to apple growers in the state on post harvest handling and marketing.

"We want to promote apples grown in Arunachal Pradesh. The state is lagging mainly due to lack of knowledge in handling post harvest produce, which is resulting in crop loss," National Horticulture Board (NHB) Managing Director Bijay Kumar told PTI.

The northeastern states adopted growing apples commercially three years back and has about 11 thousand hectares under it in the four districts of Tawang, Dirang, West Siang and Zero.

But the total production is still low at only about 9,800 tonnes. The country's annual estimated apple production is about 20 lakh tonnes, with Jammu and Kashmir producing about 13.32 lakh tonnes, followed by Himachal Pradesh at 5.10 lakh tonnes and Uttrakhand at 1.32 lakh tonnes.