Kashmir’s famed apples have trouble to get exported outside the state this year. From suspected militants campaigning against the fruit’s export to the government’s inability to rope in enough trucks, the Centre’s Special Market Intervention Price Scheme (MISP) is now providing much-needed assistance to growers’ hopes of salvaging the ₹160 bln (€2 bln) apple industry amid the continuous lockdown.
Chief Secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyam announced the government’s plan to procure almost 1,2 mln tons of apple this season, under the MISP, with the help of the National Agriculture Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED).
Kashmir produced 2 mln tons of apple in 2018, contributing 73% to the total apple production of the country, according to officials. The period of procurement would be for six months, starting September.
Militants opposing exports
The night-time functioning of the Sopore market had also come to a grinding halt after four civilians were shot at on September 6 by suspected militants for their attempts to revive the export. “Eight persons have been arrested in the case. The incident has instilled fear in the area,” said the police.