Himachal has produced around 34.3 mln boxes of apples this year, the highest since 2015. “A little over 30.3 mln boxes have been marketed in and outside the state, around 73,000 tons of apples were procured through MIS and around 38,000 tons are stored in CA stores. This translates into around 34.3 mln boxes,” said Gyan Verma, Deputy Director, Horticulture.
The state had produced more than this in 2015, when the number reached 38.8 mln boxes. “The number of boxes would have been higher had there not been untimely spell of snow, hailstorms and drought. It affected both quality and quantity of the fruit,” said Verma.
As per the estimates of the Horticulture Department, the overall apple business this year will garner around Rs 50 bln (€600 mln).