The Indian government is coming up with three cold storage clusters with an investment of Rs 5 bln (€55 mln) In order to export apples to different countries throughout the year. The work on what will be 15 cold storages in total is going on in the industrial estate of Aglar Fruit Mandi in Shopian. These cold storages will have a combined capacity of around 66,500 tonnes.
Talking to Rising Kashmir, Director Horticulture Kashmir Aijaz Ahmad Bhat said the cold storages are built by private players for which the government is providing them with the subsidy. Bhat said three cold storage clusters will be set up in Jammu and Kashmir with an investment of Rs 5 bln: "The three clusters will come up in Kathua Jammu and in North Kashmir and South Kashmir.”
At present, there are around 38 cold storage facilities in Kashmir with a total capacity of 1,40,000 tonnes, which is less than the requirement.
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