Go-Air Will Fly Cherry, Strawberry To Outside Markets

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Horticulture Department has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with airline carrier Go-Airlines for transportation of perishable horticulture and agricultural produce to various destinations across the country.

Kashmir produces almost six varieties of cherry. Recently even the high density was introduced. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

The MoU was signed in presence of Principal Secretary Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Horticulture departments, Navin Kumar Choudhary at Civil Secretariat here on May 31, 2021, an official spokesman said.

Choudhary said that this significant step will empower the fruit growers and address the transportation hiccups for the horticulture produce especially the highly perishable items like Cherry, Plum, Apricots etc.

Kashmiri Muslim farmers harvest strawberries at a farm on May 13, 2020, in Gousoo on the outskirts of Srinagar. Strawberries are the first fruit crops that come to market and fetch a good price. However, despite the bumper crop, strawberry growers are afraid they might incur losses if Coronavirus lockdown is not lifted soon as it has less shelf life. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

The government, he said, is considering providing some sort of financial support to fruit growers who will utilise this facility for transportation of horticulture and agricultural yield to outside J&K as well as the facility of refrigerated vans for which the decision could be taken by the government in a couple of days.

Navin K Choudhary

Under this MoU, the airline will charge Rs 24, Rs 34, Rs 47, Rs 48 and Rs 50 for transportation of perishable fruit produce from Jammu and Srinagar to Delhi, Mumbai/Pune, Chennai, Kolkata and Bengaluru respectively. (Seemingly, the freight mentioned is for a kilogram but the spokesman has not mentioned it.)

The growers can directly approach the airline and transport their produce at the said rates.

Pertinently, the government had invited bids from airlines regarding this and the Go-Airlines was selected as it offered the lowest rates per Kg for transportation of perishable fruit produce.

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