Chairman People’s Democratic Front (PDF) Hakeem Yaseen has urged Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha to issue orders for re- introduction of the Market Intervention Scheme (MIS ) to help the fruit growers to market their fresh fruits especially apple and pear.
In a statement issued, Hakeem said since harvesting of the fresh crop of pears and apple has begun, government should put in place all the required measures to ensure that fruit growers do not face any difficulty for marketing of their produce.
He further added that the fruit growers of J&K are confronted with multiple challenges in marketing their produce due to Corona pandemic, adding that it was duty of the government to come to their rescue and make all necessary arrangements to ensure marketing of their produce so they are not put to economic loss.
Hakeem said fruit industry was the mainstay of state’s economy, which provides livelihood to about 25 lakh souls associated with fruit production and it’s trade, directly and indirectly.
He said re- introduction of MIS would help to provide a great deal of hassle free marketing facilities to the fruit growers and provide them good relief.
Hakeem has urged the administration to put in place pro-active measures to bail out the fruit industry. He said adequate measures should be taken to procure both A- grade as well as C- grade apple and pears from fruit growers from the fruit mandies in their respective areas.
“Government should also waive of KCC loans of the farmers and provide them subsidy on purchase of fungicides, fertilizers and fruit packaging materials,” Hakeem demanded.