Government to buy apples from J&K growers

Apples produced in Jammu & Kashmir this season will be procured directly from local farmers by government-run Nafed and payments will be made through direct benefit transfer.

Announcing the new apple procurement scheme for J&K, the government said Nafed would complete the procurement process through designated state government agencies by December 15. The scheme follows a meeting between home minister Amit Shah and representatives of fruit growers from J&K here last week. The representatives had expressed concern over the possibility of unsold and wasted produce, citing threats from terrorists not to sell it in the market in the wake of dilution of Article 370. Shah had reassured the apple growers that the government was in touch with agencies to resolve the issue, and noted that with dilution of Article 370, benefits of schemes like PM Fasal Bima Yojana would reach farmers of J&K.

Under the new apple procurement scheme, procurement will be made directly from genuine apple growers of J&K. The state will make direct payment in the bank account of the apple grower through DBT. All categories of apples will be procured from the apple-producing districts as well as designated mandis in Sopore, Shopian and Srinagar. Fair prices for various categories of apples will be fixed by the price committee that comprises a representative from the National Horticulture Board. The quality committee will grade the varieties.

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