Srinagar : Jammu and Kashmir Kissan Tehreek held a fruit growers convention in Anantnag. After daylong deliberations, the convention adopted a number of resolutions.
The resolutions impressed upon the government to ensure special and focused attention towards the horticulture sector in the State. The resolutions also sought adequate relief to those fruit growers whose crops suffered heavy damage due to hail storm.
While addressing the convention Ghulam Nabi Malik, General Secretary of J&K Kisan Tehreek said that horticulture sector has suffered a huge setback because of incessant rains and hailstorms and urged upon the government to prioritize speedy compensation to the apple growers who have suffered extensive damage.
Stating that the fruit culture in the State has undergone degeneration Malik apprehended that in the due course of time cultivation of fruits may become non-remunerative.
It is therefore essential to find out economical remedial measures so that the fruit industry could be set on a sound footing in the years to come, he stressed and added that crop based adaptation strategies need to be developed to sustain productivity, reads the statement.
The convention urged upon the government to initiate effective measures to tackle the problems confronting the fruit growers with regard to buying and selling malpractices, lack of grading and standardization, inadequate facilities of cold storage, inadequate credit facilities and lack of proper market information.
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