Kiwi fruit grown in Arunachal Pradesh enter Delhi markets

For the first time, organic Kiwis from Arunachal Pradesh made its way to Delhi markets.   The Arunachal Pradesh Agriculture Marketing Board (APAMB) has officially launched organic kiwis from the state in the Delhi market during a major event organized in the city.

National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED) is also the marketing partner of the APAMB. Lauding the efforts of APAMB and NAFED, Minister for Law & Justice, Kiren Rijiju termed the day as historic as for the first time certified organic kiwi from the state is being launched in the city.

He also added that the quality of fruits and vegetables produced in the state is exceptional and can compete with products from any part of the world. It is significant as this event will open the market for various other organic products from the state.

According to Okit Palling, Chief Executive Officer, Arunachal Pradesh Agriculture Marketing Board, the state accounts for 50 percent of the country’s kiwi production. “We produce about 8,000 tonnes of kiwi fruits per annum. We also produce apples, turmeric, oranges, etc but we wanted one signature crop to brand ourselves. Like Meghalaya is known for lakadong turmeric, Manipur is known for black rice, Arunachal Pradesh should be known for kiwi,” he said.

Earlier this month, a Kiwi Research Institute in the Lower Subansiri district was established to promote research on the fruit.

Twenty years ago, the kiwis that grew wild in Arunachal Pradesh’s Ziro Valley barely caught anyone’s attention. However, in the last decade, farmers slowly recognised the commercial value of the fruit. Today, the kiwis of the region are the only certified organic fruit of their kind in the country.

Certification helps producers and handlers, receive premium prices for the products and have access to fast-growing, local, regional and international markets.

Arunachal has 25 lakh hectares of cultivable area of which, just a marginal portion is cultivated by the farmers of the state. The Kiwi Growers’ Cooperative Society Ltd, Ziro today, represents over 150 farmers from the Ziro Valley. While Ziro Valley accounts for a major chunk of production, the fruit is also found in West Kameng district, Lower Dibang Valley district, Si-Yomi district, Kamle district, Papum Pare district and Pakke Kessang district.

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