New Delhi: In a major boost to the agriculture sector in Kashmir, the National Agriculture Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) has acquired apples worth Rs 70.45 crore directly from the growers in the Valley till January 2020, the Jammu and Kashmir government said in a statement.
“As reported by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, the agriculture operations are going on smoothly in the valley. During Financial Year 2019-20 18.34 lakh MTs of fresh fruit (apples) have been dispatched. In the horticulture sector, under the Market Intervention Schemes (MIS) launched by the Government of India in September 2019, for the first time, 15769.38 MTs of apples valued at Rs. 70.45 crores have been procured up to January 28, 2020. directly from the growers in Kashmir valley through NAFED,” a release on Tuesday read.
“The Government of India is fully committed to the overall development of the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh. Under the Prime Minister’s Development Package-2015 of Rs 80,068 crores, major development projects in Road, Power, Health, Tourism, Agriculture, Horticulture, Skill Development Sectors etc. are already under various stages of implementation,” the release added.