MORE THAN NU 900MN AL­LO­CATED TO IM­PROVE MAN­DARIN PRO­DUC­TION

Business Bhutan - - Money -

More than Nu 900mn has been al­lo­cated in the cur­rent plan to im­prove man­darin pro­duc­tion, es­pe­cially from cit­rus green­ing, ac­cord­ing to the agri­cul­ture and forests min­is­ter Yeshey Pen­jor.

The min­is­ter said the chal­lenges, such as poor or­chard man­age­ment, in­sect in­fes­ta­tion and wa­ter short­age among oth­ers, will all be ad­dressed, dur­ing the Na­tional As­sem­bly ses­sion last week.

Mean­while, Nu 250mn has been al­lo­cated for reusing old man­darin or­chards that are ly­ing fal­low, over Nu 200mn has been set aside for im­prov­ing the ex­ist­ing or­chards and for new or­chards and more than Nu 400mn will be spent on im­prov­ing ir­ri­gation fa­cil­i­ties.

Bhutan pro­duced 28,000mt of man­darin in 2017. The min­istry plans to more than dou­ble the pro­duc­tion to 67,000mt in the 12th Five Year Plan.

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