Organic Thai Lemon launched

TARAJULI, 14 Jul: State BJP president Biyuram Wahge on Wednesday launched the organic Thai lemon of the Green Gold Group here at the Green Gold Integrated Farm.

The seedless Thai lemon, produced by the Green Gold Group will be available in the market with this launch.

Speaking on the occasion, Wahge lauded the chairman of Green Gold Group, Likha Maj for his efforts to promote agri-horti sector in the state.

“The Green Gold Group is truly promoting the vocal for local initiative. Products like Lalit guava and seedless Thai lemon are supplied in a large scale by the group. It is because of such efforts that the state is on the path of becoming self-dependent,” said Wahge.

He also said that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the people of the state have understood the need for self-reliance. “Covid and the lockdown made life miserable for the people of the state as we are dependent on Assam for everything. But now everywhere people are taking up agri-horti farming in a big way. Slowly across the state, dependence on contract works for survival is also reducing,” he added.

He also assured all possible support from the party and state government for the development of the mega food park.

BJP state general secretary and Namsai MLA Zingnu Namchoom in his address said development of the mega food park in Tarajuli and mini food park at Namsai will give a major push to the development of the state.

Director Trade and Commerce Tokong Pertin, who also attended the programme, shared that the Government of India is developing a new export policy.

“As per this policy, the districts are being developed as an export hub and all the decisions will be taken at district level under the leadership of deputy commissioners. In Arunachal, the focus of export is agro-allied sector. The organic products of the state have a huge demand outside the state,” he said.

He further informed that the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Guwahati is developing a macro level export policy for Arunachal. “We will start the work from Papum Pare district as it has railway connectivity and a new airport is also coming up,” he added.

Chairman of Green Gold Group, Maj informed that, so far, they have received orders for 30, 000 Kg Thai lemon from various companies.

“Last year we distributed 5000 kg of lemon free-of-cost to the state government to battle Covid-19. We earned around Rs 30 lakh last year from selling lemons. This year we plan to double the income,” said Maj.

He shared that Thai lemon is being cultivated in 200 hectares of land in the Tarajuli area. He also added that his Green Gold Group has distributed two lakh saplings of Lalit guava free-of-cost to the farmers.

Maj, who is also promoter of the mega food park, informed that he has donated the land for the project. “The mega food park is the flagship programme of the PM. With the support of the state government, we are committed to complete the project on time,” said Maj.