In the year 2021, the Central Government had purchased apples directly from farmers in Jammu and Kashmir under the Market Intervention Scheme. Due to this the farmers did not have to face much loss. Thus they got the right price for their crop. This is the reason why the farmers of Himachal have now demanded the Central Government to start purchasing apples. There is good news for the apple producing farmers of Himachal Pradesh. On the demand of Himachal Pradesh Government, the Central Government has constituted a committee to purchase apples through NAFED. This committee will review the demand of Himachal government. At the same time, after this a report will be submitted to the Central Government. It is being said that on the basis of the report, the Central Government can take a decision to procure apple from the farmers through NAFED like paddy and wheat. With this, farmers will be able to get a good price for apples.
This year, apple crops have suffered a lot in Himachal Pradesh. Due to excessive rains, many apple orchards were hit by landslides. This has caused huge financial loss to the farmers. Also, due to untimely rains, apple fruits also rotted on the trees. Due to this also production has been greatly affected. Apart from this, many roads got destroyed due to rain in Himachal Pradesh. This is the reason why apples are not able to reach the markets from the orchards on time.
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Local farmers of the state say that firstly the weather has ruined the crop. Now the right price of apples is not available in the market. Due to this they are incurring huge losses. Now in such a situation, the Central Government should also directly purchase apples from farmers on the lines of paddy and wheat. This is the reason that on the demand of farmers, Himachal government has demanded the Center to start purchasing apples through NAFED. After this the central government formed a committee.
After Kashmir, maximum apple production is done in Himachal Pradesh. It ranks second in India in terms of apple production. Himachali apple is supplied not only in the country but also in the neighboring country Nepal. The main thing is that Himachal Pradesh accounts for 25 percent of the total apples produced in India.