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Once known as the 'orange bowl' of Arunachal Pradesh, orchards in Aalo in West Siang district are

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English to Marathi Itanagar, Aug 11: Once known as the 'orange bowl' of Arunachal Pradesh, orchards in Aalo in West Siang district are suffering from lack of care as the younger generation has gravitated towards salaried jobs after showing disinterest in cultivation of the fruit. State Agriculture and Horticulture Minister Tage Taki also attributed the reduction in orange production in the state to decline in water table, especially in winter, besides lack of proper care of the orchards. Sixty-five-year-old Tojo Ete's orchard of 300 trees in Gune Bane village near Aalo town lies at the mercy of nature as his children have opted for salaried jobs in state capital Itanagar and elsewhere. With no helping hands at his disposal, the elderly farmer laments that he is not able to save his orchard which he inherited from his father. The residents of Aalo grew fruits and vegetables in their backyards as a means of self-sufficiency. "Neither of my sons show interest