Rs 10.8 lakh compensation for Rs 1,568-cr loss to fruit farmers

Srinagar: Fruit growers in the Valley suffered an estimated loss of about Rs 1,570 crore during the 2014 flood and they are yet to receive any compensation, the assembly was told on Friday.
The damages to fruit crops had been estimated at Rs 1,568 crore. Of this amount, the government of India was supposed to provide Rs 784 crore.
Till date, a paltry Rs 10.8 lakh has been provided to affected fruit growers but in Ramban district, the government said in reply to a question asked by MLA Kulgam MY Tarigami.
During the question-hour session, the government also admitted that the state had in-adequate cold storage facilities: as against the requirement of 3.83 lakh metric tons, the state only has 0.63 LMTs of cold storage capacity.
The government said the horticulture department has been exploring the possibility of establishing cold stores under the public-private partnership mode in four Terminal Fruit & Vegetable Markets and two Satellite Markets in the first phase in Parimpora, Sopore, Narwal, Jablipora, Kulgam and Shopian.
In these planned cold stores, fruits could be preserved for three to four months. This would restrict the export of all the produce in one go and will enable growers to dispatch the produce as per the demand and the best price.
Private entrepreneurs are being provided with credit-linked subsidy for the establishment of Controlled Atmosphere Stores under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) in the state, the government said.