CPI leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has urged the Jammu and Kashmir administration to take immediate steps to ensure the revival of horticulture sector in the region. Yousuf Tarigami pointed the government towards the pressing problems faced by fruit growers and traders there.
According to his statement: “Despite the last three decades of uncertainty, the horticulture industry in Jammu and Kashmir which is considered as the backbone of the region's economy was flourishing until recently. However, the decline started in November 2018, when the apple crop and trees received damages due to unseasonal snowfall."
"And the fruit industry in Kashmir faced economic consequences due to the lockdown imposed after the Centre abrogated Article 370 last August. As if it was not enough, another unseasonal snowfall on November 7 last year followed by Covid-19 lockdown in March this year wreaked havoc on the fruit industry in Kashmir.”
He urged the J&K administration to not only ensure smooth flow of fruit laden trucks along the Srinagar-Jammu national highway at this time, but to also adjust the transportation charges.
The J&K administration should also make arrangements to purchase the “C” Grade fruit through Market intervention Scheme, like Himachal Pradesh is doing. The “C” grade fruit could be sold to the fruit processing units in J&K at concessional rates, which are presently defunct. By doing so, not only the growers will be benefited, but defunct fruit processing units could be made functional.