Punjab beats other states in citrus production
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Punjab may be known as the food bowl of the country but it is now increasingly being recognised as a leading state in the production of citrus fruits like Kinnow. The state is able to produce more citrus fruits per hectare than anywhere else in the country and regularly achieves more than double the figure of national productivity of citrus fruits.
Figures by the Horticulture department revealed that in the past three years, Punjab has recorded over 20 tonnes of citrus fruit per hectare while the national average productivity during the same period was just 8.82 tonnes per hectare, less then half of Punjab's production.
In Punjab, 9.42 lakh tonnes of Kinnow was harvested from 44,724 hectares in 2011-12 (which comes to over 21 tonnes per hectare) while at national level only 74.86 lakh tonnes of citrus fruits (like Mausammi and oranges) were harvested from 8.46 lakh hectares in the same period, which means around 9 tonnes productivity per hectare.
This productivity places the state at the top position in the country as far as citrus productivity per acre is concerned.
"Kinnow harvest has begun in the state this year, and eventhough production is expected to take a hit compared to last few years, the production will not be less then 19 to 20 tonnes per," said Punjab Citrus Nodal Officer Dr Gurkanwal Singh adding that Punjab is not only number one in the country as for as citrus fruit productivity per hectare is concerned but globally, the geographical positioning of the state brings it in the category of highest productivity per unit area of citrus fruit in the world.