Production And Marketing Of Oranges
Orange is one of the major citrus fruit grown commercially in Assam. Its plantations are mainly concentrated in the Upper Brahmaputra Valley, which alone accounts for 55.73 per cent of the total citrus area in Assam and 38.44 per cent of total area under oranges of the state. However, in the country Assam alone occupies 10.8 per cent of total area under orange cultivation and has attained the fifth position in the country. This is because soil and climate of the entire North Eastern Region is most suitable for growing Mandarin oranges. The present book is designed to throw some new light on the various aspects of orange cultivation, production, different marketing channels, price and price-spread in different market situations, demographic aspects of the orange cultivators, its prospect as a plantation crop as well as integrated farming system with field crop cultivation and problems faced by the farmers specially in orange cultivation. The book embodies a synthesis of facts and figures in the form of summary and conclusions with a suggestion for the improvement of cultivation, marketing and processing of orange. No systematic indepth study has been conducted in Assam before this, specially on orange. It will be a useful reference for those who are interested in production and marketing aspects. This book will also serve the purpose as an introductory text book particularly on orange for use in Agricultural Universities and Agricultural Departments.
Dr. Chitra Kalita (b. 1952) M.A., Ph.D. in Economics took her education from Guwahati University. She was a Lecturer in Economics in Bihpuria College, Lakhimpur District, Assam and later served for a decade as Research Asociate in Agro-Economic Research Centre for NEI, Jorhat, Assam. In 1986 she joined Assam Planning Service. She was a member of Indian Society of Agricultural Economics for ten years. Besides this she is a good athlete and in the year 1995 she participated in the 9th Veteran Athletic Championshi meet at Penang, Malaysia and won a silver medal in her event.
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