Due to an army convoy system and the closed off highways, the surviving apple industry in Kashmir is now on the verge of collapse. Merchants and growers have already suffered huge losses due to anti-India unrest and official reactions to this.
Apple Merchant Association Delhi president Metharam Kriplani from Delhi said that Kashmir’s apple industry is the only surviving industry in the state, but it is now on the decline: “The growers are facing huge losses. Every day a vehicle carrying apple reaches here with 40 percent of the fruit damaged and spoiled. The losses are in the millions of rupees. How can a grower survive in this situation?”
He said the trucks from Kashmir are able to reach here only twice a week with most of the fruit damaged. “The drivers say they are being stopped along the Highway for days and hours together. If this continues, the apple industry in Kashmir will not survive.”
Kriplani added that the Apple Merchant Association Delhi is appealing to the Governor’s Administration to allow 50 trucks daily to move on the highway on priority basis, so that the losses are controlled and the industry can be saved. “Otherwise I am telling you, this thriving industry will not survive.”
He said due to natural calamities, the highway remains closed for a long time. “We can’t do anything against that. But whatever is in our hands, we can do that. Let governor save this industry. This is what he can do for Kashmir,” he added.