Since Russia has put a ban on all imported fruits for the sake of promoting local produce, Kashmiri growers want their government to follow suit, securing markets for native apple growers across India.
“If that’s not possible,” one grower says, “then [the] government should put one hundred percent import duty on Iranian apples.” The case of Iranian apples eating away the market share of Kashmiri apples was first raised in September 2021 when the growers from the valley met Union Agriculture Minister in Srinagar.
Iranian apple that has become an apple of discord in Kashmir. Some growers claim that a certain ‘unchecked market intrusion’ is going to crush the backbone of Kashmir economy if not tackled in time. That is why the fruit growers requested the prime minister to restrict the flow of Iranian apples in India.
But two months after the Minister’s assurance, Iranian apples started flooding the markets across India and unnerved the native growers. Since these imported apples cost less, they took over the market and started hitting the local growers hard.