Shimla : Transporting an apple box in the upcoming apple harvest will cost around 20 per cent more from Himachal Pradesh to markets across India due to the recent hike in diesal prices.
This decision has been taken after a meeting between the state government officials and the state truck operators union in Shimla.
The over three month long harvest will start by the middle of July.Due to the huge demand trucks come in from across northern India to transport the fruit to markets all over India.
It will now cost Rs 63 to transport a 22 kg apple box from Rohru a popular apple growing area to Delhi.While it will cost Rs 53 from Kotkhai to Delhi, an official of the state government said.
The apple crop in Himachal Pradesh is expected to be around a third of last yearâ€™s record production. And even this standing crop has been damaged by frequent hailstorms which has damaged the fruit and considerably lowered its market value.
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