While the production of organs is high this year, it has not benefitted the Vidarbha farmers. One reason is that the farmers have to sell the oranges in a low rate but reaches the consumer at the rate of Rs 40 to Rs 60 per kg due to the traders’ chain. Rains in many part of the state has also affected the supply along with the regulations on import duty. Traders have also stopped buying from these farmers as rains have affected the fruit and there aren’t many takers for them.
According to government officials, the Ambia variety of orange – which tastes sour and sweet and grows during September – is extremely popular in south India. “It has all gone waste this year,” said an official from agriculture department.