‘Ensure adequate transport facilities for fruit transportation’

SRINAGAR: Taking cognizance of issues raised by traders regarding shortage of trucks in the valley for transporting fruit outside the state, Minister for Horticulture, Syed Basharat Bukhari on Saturday directed for immediate redressal of the same for timely transportation of the produce, an official press note read.
According to the press note, the minister, who is on a visit to Thailand, directed the concerned including Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Secretary Horticulture and Inspector General (IG) Traffic Police to sort out the issue immediately and ensure that there shall be a check on vehicles demanding extra fare to carry horticulture produce.
Bukhari directed IG Traffic for taking measures for hassle-free movement of fruit carrying trucks to avoid inconvenience faced by fruit growers and traders.
The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir informed the minister that the officers of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) have been directed to divert all the vehicles coming from outside state with food grains to different mandis as per requirement in consultation with Director Horticulture Planning and Marketing.
Secretary Horticulture, on the instructions of the minister, later convened a meeting with concerned officials. He directed them to work in close coordination to ensure hassle-free and timely transportation of fruit carrying trucks outside the state.
Earlier, on September 23 the Basharat Bukhari had convened a meeting with concerned departments regarding hassle-free and timely transportation of horticulture produce so that growers as well as traders fetch good returns.