Srinagar, Sept 10: Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers Cum Dealers Union, which is an Elected Apex Body of all Fruit Growers Associations of the Valley viz Sopore, Baramulla, Handwara, Chrar-ie-Sharief, Shopian, Pulwama, Anantnag, Jablipora, Kulgam, Khoi, Pachahar, Zazna Ganderbal etc. in a joint appeal to LG Manoj Sinha have made a fervent appeal to address the day-to-day hurdles in the transporation of apple fruit from Kashmir to outside markets.
In a joint appeal, the Fruit Growers Associations of the Valley viz Sopore, Baramulla, Handwara, Chrar-ie-Sharief, Shopian, Pulwama, Anantnag, Jablipora, Kulgam, Khoi, Pachahar, Zazna Ganderbal etc in the appeal, a copy of which has been received by Ziraat Times, said that the Fruit Season of the Valley has set in and harvesting of apple and pear crop is presently under active process which warrants to be transported on war footing basis for its safe arrival to various destinations of the country.
“It is unfortunate that due to off and on shooting stones at various spots on Srinagar–Jammu National Highway (NH44) the Governor’s Administration has allowed one way traffic so that repairment work of the road is carried on which is appreciated however the traffic from Valley towards Jammu are allowed only for 3-4 hours and thereafter are not allowed to move forward. It is not possible to pass the fruit loaded trucks within a shortest period of 3-4 hours with the result apple/pear loaded trucks are stopped in the way for 2-3 days resulting the apple/pear crop load gets boiled and damaged”, the joint statement said.
“It may be pertinent to add it here that there is not sufficient demand of apple/pear crop in the markets nowadays, the Fruit Growers of the Valley have, therefore, apprehension of heavy losses. The stoppage of Fruit loaded trucks for 2-3 days in the way on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway (NH44) adds more miseries due to to late arrival of their apple crop to respective destinations. Since the harvesting season of apple crop is presently under active process and the number of apple loaded trucks will raise day by day and if due attention for quick transportation of apple crop is not considered there is every apprehension of heavy losses to Fruit Growers of the Valley”, the statement further said.
Under the circumstances explained above the Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers Cum Dealers Union is of the suggestion that the Fruit laden trucks from Kashmir Valley meant for various destinations of the Country may kindly be allowed to ply daily from 11:00am to 03:00am next day so that all fruit laden trucks could reach to respective destinations well in time.
This union is hopeful that the proposed suggestion will prove fruitful results and the valley-based Fruit Growers who are extremely worried will feel a sigh of relief, the statement added. We request you to kindly consider and direct all concerned authorities as requested for, Bashir Ahmad Basheer
Chairman, Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers Cum Dealers Union further said.