Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Cherry growers complain of 'high' cargo tariffs

The fruit growers of Kashmir today complained against the “high” air cargo tariffs being charged for ferrying cherry to outside mandis.

On Tuesday, 11 tons of cherry were airlifted in two flights from the Srinagar International Airport for Mumbai and Bengaluru. This is the highest single day supply airlifted this season so far.
However, the growers who have already been at the receiving end due to closure of mandis in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru owing to covid19 outbreak and lockdown, complained against the high air cargo tariffs.

President New Kashmir Fruit AssociationBasheer Ahmad Bashir said the cargo rates are “almost double” compared to last year.

“While the government-owned airline had earlier promised to charge Rs 30 per kg cherry from Srinagar to Mumbai, we have ended up paying Rs 50. This leaves little scope for any profit,” he said.
Bashir said the airline had earlier agreed to ferry 3 tons of cherry on Tuesday but “accommodated only 1 ton in its aircraft,” while the rest was returned to the Parimporamandi.

“We held a meeting with the airline officials a few days back where we were told that 3 tons cherry per day at the rate of Rs 30 per kg will be ferried to Mumbai. But then rate was revised to Rs 40. Finally we have supplied 1 ton today at Rs 50 per kg,” Bashir said.

“Besides, the transportation charges paid for the consignment sent back from the airport to the mandi was borne by us,” Bashir added.
17/06/29 Saqib Malik/Greater Kashmir
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