Fruit growers asked to export only quality fruits

SRINAGAR: The government on Wednesday asked the fruit growers in Kashmir Valley to export only quality fruits to the markets outside.
An official handout issued here said the Minister for Horticulture, Abdul Rehman Veeri, chaired a joint meeting of representatives of various farmers’ and transporters’ associations to “fine tune” the arrangements for transporting fruits from Kashmir Valley to the markets outside.
He asked the fruit growers to ensure that only best quality apples are exported.
The growers, he said, should be careful while grading and packaging the fruits in order to prevent any loss of quality.
Highlighting the importance of fruit industry in the economy of the state, Veeri directed the concerned departments to take “every measure to facilitate smooth transportation of the fruits”.
“Besides deploying adequate trucks for the purpose, the railway facility should also be utilised,” he said.
“Our effort will be to bring trucks from other states too and make available the SRTC truck fleet to the fruit-growers to transport fruits smoothly and as per timeline,” the Minister said.
The Minister stressed on avoiding any inconvenience to fruit-growers and traders associated with this industry, and assured the growers of “full support” from the government.
Commissioner Secretary Agriculture Production and Commissioner Secretary Transport, who were part of the meeting, briefed the Minister about the “measures initiated and action taken” to ensure “smooth dispatch” of the fruits.
The Commissioner Secretary Agriculture stated that all the concerned departments would be directed to keep maximum transport facilities available for hassle-free export of the horticulture produce from the Valley.