Agartala: The Tripura government has announced that it will provide all kinds of assistance to farmers to ensure that the production of oranges gets doubled by 2022.
The government also plans to market its oranges, considered one of India's best, though lesser known, outside the state while promoting orange orchards for tourism, said CM Biplab Kumar Deb while opening the 6th Orange Festival at Killa in south Tripura on Friday.
The state government also announced to grant Rs 15,000 per hectare of orange cultivation area to encourage farmers in this sector.
During 2016-17, orange cultivation in the state stood at 600-650 metric tonnes (MT). The target for next year would be to double it to 120 MT, said Deb.
The BJP-IPFT government in Tripura has already decided to conduct a survey and trace out places suitable for production of oranges and queen pineapples across the state.