New Delhi: Himachal Pradesh govt today requested the union agriculture ministry to sanction various incentives to apple growers of the Himalayan states.Â Â The demand was made by high level delegation headed byÂ Â horticulture minister Narinder Bragta who called on union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar here today.
Jammu and Kashmir horticulture minister Shyam lal Sharma, Members of parliament Anurag Singh Thakur, Virender Kashyap and Vimla Kashyap accompanied the minister in the delegations. Horticulture minister Narinder Bragta demanded that hail storms should be declared as natural calamity and the loss suffered by theÂ Â fruit growers due to hail storm should beÂ Â compensated under the central scheme. He told that state has suffered loss of Rs 900 crore due to hailstorm during last three years and told that although Â central govt has identified hail storm as one of the natural calmities under the water and climate related disaster but has not treated it as a Â Â as natural calamity for determing the loss of crop so as the farmers are able to get due and proper compensations for the losses of crops due to hail storms Â andÂ demanded that loss occured due to hailstorm should Â also beÂ Â fully compensated. He asked the central govt to provide central assistance under HMNEH Â for installation of anti hail gun system in fruit growing areas of the state and told that at present the state has installed the facility at three places which has shown positive results .
Horticulture minister Narinder Bragta Â requested the central govt to adopt multi pronged strategy to protect the production and marketing of apples and demanded the enhancement of import duty on apples from china and other countries whoÂ Â have Â created an intense competitionÂ byÂ Â dumping Â its apples at major Â ports, including Kolkata and Mumbai as a result of which Â the domestic apple production is Â receiving a severe beating in Indian market and is notÂ Â able to withstand due Â to bulk importsÂ .
Horticulture minister Narinder Bragta demanded that all the apple produce should be brought under market intervention scheme and told Â that at present central govt shares the burden of only 25% procured fruits on 50:50 basis for Himachal Pradesh while the sharing formula of 75:25 basis is implemented in case of north east states. He requested the cost shring ratio for the Himachal Pradesh on the pattern of north eastern state and added that the central govt is providing assistance underÂ Â horticulture mission for north east and Himalayan statesÂ Â (HMNEH) to Himachal Pradesh at the pattern of north eastern states and the same formula should be adopted for market intervention scheme. He requested the union agriculture ministry to relax the market intervention scheme guidelines where in the MIS is applicable only in situation when there is increase of at least 10% in the production Â over the previous year’s normal production or if there is reduction in the market prices by at least 10% over the rates of previous normal season and pleaded for removing such conditions on the plea that fruit production is subject to fluctuation due to various climatic conditions and market prices depend on force of demand and supply. He asked for amendments in M I S policy as the state govt does not get any reimbursement from central govt in lean season which defeats the basic purpose of the scheme
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar assured the delegation that central govt will provide all assistance to apple producing states to safe guard the interestÂ Â of apple growers in the country.