citrus

Common name         Citrus

Scientific name           Various

Family name          Rutaceae

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These highly fragranced fruit from evergreen shrubs (mostly hybrids) are known all over the world to be a rich source of vitamin C and flavonoids and limonoids. They are delicious fruits enjoyed by people in every country of the world. The most common citrus fruit is the sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) but other citrus fruit are also cultivated, such as mandarins (C. reticulata), grapefruit (C. paradise), Lime (C. aurantifolia) and lemons (C. limon).

Citrus fruit are mostly used for human consumption as raw fruit, processed and/or preserved fruit, squeezed juice and pickled fruit. Different parts of the fruit is also used for different culinary purposes. The remaining cake from squeezing juice is also used by some farmers for producing stock-feed, especially dairy cattle feed.

A combination of skills in growing citrus and value addition and/or marketing will surely enable any farmer to reap the economic rewards of such a venture.

The iQFarmer Citrus Manual will introduce you to practical and profitable citrus farming, covering:

  1. Cultivars
  2. Planting Materials
  3. Field Selection and Preparation
  4. Soil Fertility Management:
  5. Cultural Practices
  6. Handling and Controlling Growth
  7. Disease and Pest Management
  8. Harvesting and Handling
  9. Value Addition
  10. Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
  11. Citrus Economics and Entrepreneurship

You will also find a program on citrus production which we hope will help you to select the most cost-effective solutions and profitable combinations in setting up a profitable agricultural enterprise.


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