Success story on Citrus Rejuvenation
The areas like Mawphu, Umblai, Nongsteng and all their adjoining areas have been considered as the main producers of oranges in Meghalaya for the last 15 years or so but the production has dropped down in the last 4-5 years due to senile orchard, climate change, attack of insect pests and diseases, lack of nutrients, loss of top soil and more importantly mismanagement and total negligence of the orchard. Most of the fruit trees required total rejuvenation. But with the coming up of centrally sponsored schemes like TMH and HMNEH, the purpose of rejuvenation of these orchard has been served.
Shri. Telshon Lyngdoh, 57 years, of Umblai Village under Shella Bholaganj Block, East Khasi Hills, a progressive farmer of Sohra, has a plot of land of more than 5 hectares at Umblai. He started orange cultivation on his own way back in 1970. He informed that his orchard had started showing a sign of decline in the last few years. However, with the intervention of centrally sponsored schemes like TMH and HMNEH, he was provided with every input required for rejuvenation of his orchard. The District Horticulture Officer, East Khasi Hills, Shillong, provided him with inputs for rejuvenation. The result proved fruitful as the rejuvenated trees started bearing normal fruits and shown sign of improvement in the last two years.