2017 as ‘Year of Apple’ in Jammu Kashmir

Chief Minister of J&K Mehbooba Mufti declared 2017 as ‘Year of Apple’ in a bid to promote the famed Kashmiri apples in domestic and foreign markets.

The Chief Minister launched the High Density Apple Plantation Scheme in Srinagar. These high-density plants will be routed through J&K Bank along with the subsidy.

Fifty per cent subsidy would be provided by the government to the farmers under the scheme.

The high density plants have a yield of 50-70 metric tonnes per hectare against 10-12 tonnes in case of conventional plants.

The government is setting up mega mandies and high-tech cold storage to promote apple industry. These facilities would be be set up at Jablipora in Anantnag and Aglar in Pulwama in first stage, besides establishment of e-markets for the online sale of the produce.

The J&K government has launched a Market Intervention Scheme to stabilise the rates of apple produce and benefit growers. A network of mandies is being laid to maximise direct interface between growers and buyers.

Jammu and Kashmir is the largest apple producing State in India at 11.2 metric tonnes, which accounts for 71% of national production.