Friday, July 09, 2021

With 25% subsidy & fixed fares, J&K administration eyes ‘air cargo’ boost for fruit trade

Srinagar: The Jammu & Kashmir administration has introduced a new scheme that seeks to help local farmers fly out their produce, within India or abroad, at a much lower cost. Under the scheme, ThePrint has learnt, fruit farmers will get a 25 per cent subsidy on air fares, domestic and foreign, with the administration also setting fixed prices/kg for different fruits to protect farmers from fluctuating costs.

The scheme was implemented Thursday. 

Many fruit growers in Kashmir transport their produce by air even now, but they incur the entire cost. Furthermore, the prices are not fixed and keep fluctuating.  

According to Ajaz Ahmad Bhatt, the horticulture director for Kashmir, the perishable items that were earlier sent through trucks will now directly be flown to their destination, helping the grower make more profits. 

“It is a market-linkage support scheme for the shipment of agriculture and horticulture perishables harvested in Jammu & Kashmir through air cargo,” Bhatt said. 

09/07/21 Ananya Bhardwa/Print

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