Tuesday, June 08, 2021

J&K govt launches airlifting service for perishable fruits, vegetables

Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday launched airlifting service for highly perishable horticulture produce like cherry from the union territory to terminal markets like Delhi and Mumbai.

Principal Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare and Horticulture departments, Navin Kumar Choudhary flagged off the vans carrying cherry produce of various sellers of Kashmir valley which will be subsequently airlifted to Delhi and Mumbai from Srinagar airport, an official spokesman said here.

Speaking on the occasion, Choudhary said it is a historic event for the horticulture sector of Jammu and Kashmir and is a path breaking start for the marketing of perishable fruits and organic vegetables of the union territory.

"Today almost five tonnes of perishable fruit produce will be airlifted to different cities like Mumbai and Delhi which will reach these destinations within hours," he said.

Choudhary said this will empower the fruit growers of Jammu and Kashmir and will increase their income as well as boost the rural economy.

He said it will also address the transportation hiccups for the horticulture produce especially the highly perishable items like cherry, plum and apricots.

08/06/21 PTI/Rising Kashmir

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