Horticulture Mineral Oil Cheaper In Himachal Than Kashmir, Growers Ask Why

SRINAGAR: Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers Cum Dealers Union on Thursday said that there is a heavy rate difference of Rs. 10/- to 15/- per litre of the cost of mineral oil between Kashmir and Himachal.

In a statement, the union said that since there is not too route distance from Himachal to Kashmir Valley, the charging of excessive freight rate of Rs. 10/- to 15/- per litre is not, therefore, justified.

“About 1 Lac kilo litres approximately of mineral Oil are used by the Fruit Growers of the Valley in their fruit orchards, the difference of Rs. 10/- to 15/- per litre will, therefore, cause heavy losses when the Valley Based Fruit Growers/Dealers are facing constantly losses since last several years due to one or the other reason,” said Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers Cum Dealers Union in a statement.

“Under the circumstances explained above your good self is requested kindly take up the matter with the concerned TSO Manufactures as to why there is a difference of Rs 10/- to Rs 15/- of mineral oil per litre between Kashmir Valley and Himachal when there is no big difference of distance among the two destinations,” said Bashir Ahmad Basheer chairman of KVFG.

The KVFG Union which is an Apex Body of all Fruit Growers and Dealers Associations of the Valley would like to request you kindly direct all concerned for the sale of mineral oil at uniform rates at the Himachal and in Kashmir Valley as well.

Meanwhile, the management of this Union also thanked Principal Secretary to Government, Agriculture Production and Farmers’ Welfare Department for granting an extension in relaxation for 2021 for the sale and supply of HMO by the PSUs vide your letter No: Hort/103/2016/Part file Dated: 16-02-2021.


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