Deal between India and NZ to boost apple output

Experts from New Zealand will provide this country’s latest technology and “world’s best apple management practices” to Indian state orchardists under the 11.34 billion rupees (145 mln euros) horticulture-modernisation project that aims at increasing fruit productivity to make Himachal’s apple competent in international markets.

The project aims at increasing apple productivity from the present 8 tonnes per hectare to a double-digit figure (around 30 tonnes per hectare).

CM Jai Ram Thakur and New Zealand High Commissioner Joanna Kempkers had a detailed discussion on various issues related to new technology. New Zealand boasts the world’s highest productivity per hectare (65 tonnes) and provides technical know-how to as many as 60 to 70 countries. According to, the state government has engaged with New Zealand for better apple management, while experts would guide Himachal in the post-harvest sector under the project, sources said.

“High-tech horticulture will be a game-changer and Himachal seeks expertise to increase low productivity to 50 per cent of the productivity of New Zealand’s present level,” he said.

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