Himachal Pradesh fruit growers demand ban on apple imports

A delegation of fruit growers in Himachal Pradesh, led by Jubbal-Kotkhai legislator Rohit Thakur, called on the state governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar seeking intervention in the matter concerning apple imports.

The Himachal growers urged the state government to release the ₹240 mln (€2.88 mln) it owes them for fruits bought under the marketing intervention scheme in the wake of the apple season approaching,

The state government is yet to release payment for fruits procured over the last three years. In 2021 alone, government agencies – Himachal Pradesh State Co-operative Marketing and Consumers Federation Ltd (Himfed) and Horticultural Produce Marketing Corporation (HPMC) – procured nearly 70,000 metric tons of apples under the scheme, as per a Hindustan Times report.

Source: livemint.com

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