Fresh fruits worth Crores get damaged due to hindrances on Srinagar–Jammu NH: Kashmir Fruit Growers Association

Srinagar, July 01: The Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers cum Dealers Union has expressed anxiety on stoppage of fresh fruit loaded trucks for days together on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway with the result the entire consignment of fresh fruits gets fully damaged due to scorching heat.

According to a statement, spokesperson said that since the harvesting of Plum, Peach, Pear, and early varieties of Apple is nowadays in its full swing and these varieties are treated acute perishable thus needs immediate and quick transportation to various destinations outside J&K.

The statement reads that the Valley based Fruit Growers and Dealers have already suffered heavy losses during continued last several years due to Natural Calamity and continued blockage of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.

It added that it is unfortunate that despite assurances from all concerned authorities it does not prove any fruitful results on ground excepting hallow assurances with the result fresh fruits of hundreds of trucks got completely damaged causing heavy losses.

The statement reads that since Horticulture Industry is treated as Backbone of States Economy and livelihood of 70% of households are directly or indirectly connected with this Industry.

“In order to save the livelihood of all these 70% of households particularly Horticulture Industry itself the LT Governor Manoj Sinha and all other concerned Government Machinery is requested to consider and take immediate steps and make immediate necessary arrangements for transportation of fresh fruit laden trucks on the highway without any interruption.”

Meanwhile, the association welcomed Amarnath Yatra and facilities thereof for Yatris but it added that at the same time Horticulture Industry should not suffer in the name of Yatra.

The statement further said that this arrangement will prove safe arrival of fresh fruits to outside J&K and Valley based Fruit Growers are saved from any losses.

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