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Kashmir growers upset by increased Bangladesh duties on apple imports

The Bangladesh government has increased the assessment value of the Kashmiri apple by around 40 percent. As a result of this, the final duty levied on the fruit has gone up markedly. Bangladesh is the biggest export market of Kashmiri apples. Following the massive hike in the assessment value of the Kashmiri apples, growers across Kashmir have urged their government to intervene in the matter.

President Kashmir Fruit Growers and Dealers Association, Fruit Mandi Sopore, Fayaz Ahmad Malik called this development a huge setback for the fruit industry: “The duty levied by the Bangladesh government on Kashmiri apple is huge. Being the biggest export market of Kashmiri apple, the duty hike has started bleeding the growers.”

Malik asked the J&K administration to intervene in the matter, as well as the federal


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