Himachal farmers body demands apple protection steps

Shimla : A left wing led farmers body(Himachal seb utpadak sangh) today asked the state government to provide a slew of measures to protect the state’s apple farmers.

This demand comes a day after the state’s horticulture minister Narinder Bragta convened a high-level meeting of farmers, experts and officials seeking their suggestions on ways to improve the apple industry in the state .

The secretary of the ‘seb utpadak sangh’ Sanjay Chauhan said the government should enhance subsidies on the lines of developed countries .

“The government has failed to provide post harvest management and better marketing facilities ,” he said .

He said standard global packaging technology material should be introduced with universal standard boxes of 20 kg , 10 kg and 5 kg be used .Government must set up packaging units in the public and cooperative sectors .

“The government must enhance import and custom duty on apple to 100 per cent like other developed countries to protect the interests of farmers ,” Chauhan said .

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