Meghalaya capital Shillong recently played host to an orange festival to popularise the fruit in the region.Organised by a self help group, the festival was aimed at encouraging farmers in the state to undertake orange cultivation.Meghalaya currently produces 40,000 tons of oranges annually, which is about five percent of the country’’s total output of oranges. Most of the oranges are grown in the Khasi Hills in areas bordering Bangladesh, and are known as “Khasi Mandarin”. Farmers in the state are taking to cultivation of other crops after facing difficulties in the cultivation of oranges due to pests, diseases and a rough terrain.Read more at http://www.newspostonline.com/world-news/meghalaya-capital-shillong-hosts-an-orange-festival-2009011023923