The production of apples, considered to be the economic backbone of 70 per cent orchardists of the Kullu Valley, has been steadily declining for the past six years. Since 2016, the apple production in the district has been declining due to climatic changes. The graph of production started going downwards in 2011, but between 2016 and 2021 the output was less than 5 mln boxes per year.
This year, the orchardists received a double blow as the output was less and the growers did not get a fair price for their produce either. Besides the initial season, 60 per cent of the apple boxes were sold for only Rs 500 to Rs 900 in the mandis of Kullu, along with the Azadpur Mandi in New Delhi and other markets of the country. Therefore, the orchardists were forced to sell apples in local mandis.
[ Rs100 = €1.20 ]