NC seeks inclusive relief policy for IIOJK horticulture sector


Srinagar, September 25 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference has sought a comprehensive relief policy for the horticulture sector in the territory.

Member of Indian Parliament and NC leader, Hasnain Masoodi in a statement issued in Srinagar said the illegal apple imports has put the fruit industry in a very precarious situation.

Seeking curbs on the import of apples, he said, “If a ban can be imposed on food grain imports keeping in view the domestic supply concerns, why can’t it be done with regards to horticulture. Despite a bumper crop this year, the apple growers in Kashmir are unhappy with the low rates they are being offered by the buyers (traders) right now. The buyers say the rates are low due to tough competition in the Indian markets, which are now being flooded by imported apples.

He also called for immediate measures to allow smooth passage of fruit laden trucks from different parts of Kashmir. The authorities should direct police and traffic authorities to provide round-the-clock and hassle-free passage to the fruit-laden trucks on the interior roads and highways on priority basis and avoid their unwarranted stoppages.

Thousands of trucks, mostly from Sopore, Shopian and other parts of valley move towards Qazigund in south Kashmir before crossing the Banihal tunnel every day, while as only few hundred are allowed to pass the tunnel,” he said adding that Mughal Road should be used for transporting fruits on days when heavy motor vehicles are allowed to ply from Jammu to Srinagar.

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