Shimla : Scared by the onslaught of imported apples the Himachal Pradesh government on Wednesday urged the Central government to enhance import duty on apple to safeguard the interests of farmers in Himachal,Jammu & Kashmir and Uttrakhand.
â€œCountries like China are dumping apples in the Indian market causing the domestic markets to crash.This dumping has already caused a loss of Rs 100 crore this year so far to local farmers as they are fetching poor returns,â€ said Bragta.
He said the NDA government had raised the import duty on apples to 50 per cent in 2000.But the current onslaught of imported apple has created an alarming situation which needs to be tackled like an emergency.
â€œApple should be designated as a special product to protect the interests of local farmers,â€ he said.
Himachal produces around 600,000 tonnes of apple every year which accounts for 80 per cent of the entire fruit production of the state.It is also the largest cash crop of the hill state.