Start MIS for apple, demand growers

Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 22

Following the unabated slump in the apple market over nearly two weeks, Kisan Sangharsh Samiti has demanded the introduction of Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) on the lines of Kashmir to save the apple growers from massive losses.

The samiti has asked the government to procure apple through its agencies like the HPMC and Himfed at the fixed rate of Rs 60 per kg for Grade A apple, Rs 44 for Grade B and Rs 24 for Grade C apple. Currently, the government agencies procure only Grade C apple at Rs 9.50 per kg.

Claiming that farmers are getting prices as low as Rs 300-1400 per box in the market, which is the lowest in the last 15 years, the samiti said growers were not even recovering their cost of production. “Given the ever increasing cost of production and declining prices, the growers are facing a major crisis. The government needs to step in with the MIS scheme on the lines of Kashmir to save the growers,” said Sanjay Chauhan, secretary, Kisan Sangharsh Samiti.

The samiti further alleged that the APMC laws were being flouted with impunity in the market yards and growers were being exploited. “Not only the growers are getting poor prices for their produce, arhtiyas are collecting Rs 50-60 per box from the growers in the name of labour, bank charges etc. All this is violation of the APMC laws,” said Chauhan.

He said if the government did not take any corrective measure, the livelihood of lakhs of families involved in apple business will come under threat.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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