Nov 20: Dust and soot produced by factories in Pasakha have dwindled the orange yield year after year in Rangetung village of Phuentsholing. Some farmers are abandoning orange farming failing to get their return.
Most of the orange orchards have now become dry despite several efforts of the villagers to keep them alive.
Fungal disease called powdery mildew and hailstorm are other causes for the fall in orange production.
Farmers said they have raised the issue in the Goeg Yargay Tshogchung but nothing much has been done. Dzongkhag Environment Office has been informed about the problem.