While Kashmir remained locked down since August 5, in the aftermath of Abrogation of Article 370 and reorganisation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, more than 12,000 trucks ferried fresh crop of apples to markets outside Kashmir valley to ensure apple lovers were not deprived of their daily intake.
Keeping in view the ground realities in mind, the Union government too stepped in this year to help apple growers get decent price for their cash crop. As part of its long-term strategy, the Centre government had decided to procure apples from farmers through the Government-run National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED).
Over 3000 farmers were enrolled across Kashmir valley under the scheme. To encourage more farmers to join the scheme the government is now proposing to increase the prices for apples, official sources said.
The objective of the NAFED is to promote co-operative marketing of agricultural produce to benefit farmers. The procurement will be made directly from genuine apple growers and the State administration will ensure direct payment in bank accounts of apple growers through DBT.