Kashmir apple shipments repeatedly stopped by Indian authorities

Thousands of Kashmiri growers are experiencing how trucks carrying their fruit are stopped “unnecessarily” by the authorities. It is a complaint and a lament that is being voiced by fruit growers and traders in Kashmir for many days now, especially this year.

One trader said that one of his fruit trucks took three days to reach Udhampur from Qazigund. “It’s the responsibility of the government to facilitate smooth movement of fruit trucks. If the situation remains the same, there will definitely be huge losses to the traders.”

Traders in Shopian say that all the trucks are halted to allow other traffic, so when they are allowed to move, it invariably creates a logjam, further delaying the fruits from reaching the market. The fruit then has to be sold at lesser rates as either it arrives in bulk at once, or has become so spoiled in the heat that no one considers it worth buying.

The president of the Aglar fruit market, Mohammad Ashraf, said that his association has suggested the government to use the Mughal Road for movement of empty trucks, to avoid traffic jam on national highway NH-44. “We were told this morning that more than 2,700 trucks have reached the Delhi market together. Now what will happen with that fruit, when there is demand for only 500-600 such trucks,” he told kashmirreader.com.

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