JDU leaders demand urgent action on neglected Apple industry in Kashmir
Srinagar:- With very little demand for Kashmiri apples in the market, the apple traders and the orchardists in Kashmir are waiting for the government to intervene to lift their produce and save them from incurring losses
Kashmir Division is full of apple orchards, but the growers are concerned that with the minimal demand from the markets in India, the government is silent on the Jammu and Kashmir market intervention scheme.
Party President G M Shaheen Said, In the last few years, the government has protected the apple orchardists from the financial reverses in J&K UT by introducing market Intervention scheme.Apple traders and landowners have jointly appealed to the government to release them from debt by the market Intervention scheme this year also. The Apple Industry is at the verge of extinction as a result of Government continuous negligence. Shaheen was further quoted as saying that our requests for a package for Apple Industry from years has been falling to deaf ears. Government of India should announce a separate and healthy package for Growers to uplift the Apple Industry and help us save this industry from extinction, Shaheen Said.
Party General Secretary Vivek Bali said fruit industry has faced several challenges since 2019 due to which the industry is crumbling. This year as per the initial demand it seems that the growers will face losses again. The growers are worried as they have spent a lot of money on pesticides and fertilizers. Government must intervene to save growers from losses,” he said. Traders are also aghast at undue restrictions on the movement of apple-laden trucks on Srinagar-Jammu highway, thus causing unwanted delay in delivery.