MORE THAN NU 900MN ALLOCATED TO IMPROVE MANDARIN PRODUCTION
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.