The second annual Orange festival 2012 in Meghalaya not only attracted the tourists, who got the taste of orange produced here, even the domestic fruits lovers were delighted to be treated with variety of indigenous oranges from the state. Meghalaya claims to produce about 40,000 tonnes of oranges per year. Yet the domestic consumers pay Rs 10 to Rs 15 per orange depending on size. While one needs to pay around Rs 8 to Rs 10 per piece for the imported variety.
Meghalaya is yet to produce organic fruits; chemicals are still used to forcefully ripe the fruits. The produce collected from the Indo – Bangladesh border, which is considered to be one of the best qualities, hardly reaches the local markets, due to high cost of transportation. The farmers prefer to export to Bangladesh even at lower rate; each export orange could fetch them just about Rs 5 per piece. The consumer in Bangladesh is paying lower price for the same orange we consume.