SRINAGAR: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Khan, on Saturday said that effective measures will be taken to ensure free movement of vehicles carrying fruits from Kashmir to other parts of India.
While chairing a meeting of officers here, the divisional commissioner said that the fruit industry is the backbone of Kashmir economy, and all necessary measures will be put in place to ensure that the Rs 6,000-crore industry does not affect owing to the ongoing unrest in the Valley.
The director Horticulture, Planning and Marketing, Rafiq Ahmad Hakim, informed that the Valley exported 18-20 metric tons of fresh and dry fruits every year and contributes a major portion in the state’s economy.
He expressed concern over the inability of vehicles to transport the fruits to various parts of India, as the fruit season has already started in the Valley.
He said if the free movement of vehicles was not allowed, the fruit industry will be badly hit. He appealed for free movement of trucks carrying fruits from the Valley.