Export finest quality apple for better returns: Veeri to fruit growers; Reviews progress on transshipment of fruit

Trucks from other States also made available to ferry fruit smoothly

Jammu and Kashmir News

SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 02: Minister for Horticulture, Mr Abdul Rehman Veeri Wednesday chaired a high level joint meeting of representatives of various fruit-growers and transport associations to fine tune the arrangements for the smooth conduct of fruit trans-shipment from the Valley to the terminal markets.

While appreciating the concern of fruit growers for smooth flow of fruit laden trucks from different parts of the Valley to outside markets, the Horticulture Minister assured them full support from the Government. But, at the same time, Mr Veeri expressed his confidence that keeping in view all round economical miseries caused by last year’s flood and turmoil, the fruit growers should ensure to export best quality of apple by its grading and packaging for not to cause any damage to vibrant fruit industry for which peak season has started from now onwards.

The Minister said that Government would take all necessary steps to provide transport to the fruit-growers and help them to export maximum of their produce during the next three months. “Our effort would be to bring trucks from other States too and make available the SRTC truck fleet to the fruit-growers to transport fruit smoothly and as per timeline”, he said and asked the fruit-growers to contribute actively in this regard for their own interest and the interest of the State.

The meeting was attended by the Commissioner Secretary Agricultural Production Department, Mohammad Ashraf Bukhari, Commissioner Secretary Transport, Kifayat Razvi, Transport Commissioner, MD JKSRTC, Director Horticulture, Kashmir, Director HP&M, MD JKHPMC, representatives of Transport and fruit Growers and Traders Associations.

The representatives of fruit-growers from Sopore, Baramulla, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Anantnag, Handwara and other parts of the Valley suggested various measures for smooth transportation of fruit from the Valley to outside markets.

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