India: Fruit transportation charges fixed in peak apple export season

Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag, Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, had a meeting with members of different fruit and transport associations and agencies on September 28, in an effort to resolve disputes over raised freight charges by the transporters during the peak apple export season. The Deputy Commissioner, according to an official statement, urged the transporters to charge fair and justifiable rates to the fruit growers.

Saying that the horticulture sector has become established as the prime income generating sector in the district of Kashmir, he called for cooperation between the transport and fruit associations so that the harvesting season of apple will provide full dividends to both.

During the deliberations, it was mutually agreed by the apple growers associations and transporters association that, during the peak season, Rs 40 per apple box will be charged for Jammu, while Rs 60 and Rs 80 per apple box will be charged for Punjab and Delhi respectively.

It was the general request of the fruit growers that the closing time of the Jawahar Tunnel may be extended so that no fruit trucks remain stranded during evening hours. The SSP Anantnag assured them that their issue would be taken into consideration.

(1 Indian Rupee=0.015USD)


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