Indian apple growers have seen the cost of apple packaging materials shoot up by around 25 per cent this year. For a premium carton that was available for Rs 52-53 last year, growers will now have to fork out Rs 67-68. Generally, the price rise is around Rs 1 to 2 per carton per year. The significant price rise has happened despite the assurance from Horticulture Minister Mahender Singh, a few days back, that the packaging material would be made available at the same cost as last year.
“The cost has gone by up Rs 10 to Rs 20 across the variety of cartons available in the market. The rate of trays used inside the cartons has also increased by around Rs 50 to Rs 70. It’s a massive hike, it’s going to hurt the growers a lot,” said Progressive Growers’ Association president Lokender Bisht.
[ Rs 100 = €1.10 ]