Srinagar To Host Maiden ‘World Apple Conference’ This June

SRINAGAR:  Sarhad, a Pune based NGO along with Sopore-based Apple Farmer Producer Company, JandK is all set to host the maiden two days ‘World Apple Conference’  in Srinagar.

Director of event and president of Sopore Fruit Mandi, Fayaz Ahmed Malik said, that they are organizing the two-day conference on June 24 and 25 this year scheduled at Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Center (SKICC), Srinagar.

Malik said that eminent personalities will grace the event with their presence along with experts from various fields especially from agriculture and horticulture sectors. “The event aims to empower and strengthen the apple growers of Jammu and Kashmir who have been facing huge losses due to unprecedented and untimely fall in prices of their produce over the past several years”, he said.

He said that the apple season this year fetched prices below expectations leading to losses for farmers across the Jammu and Kashmir. The conference would help to provide sustainable solutions to issues faced by the people affiliated with the industry.

Chairman Sopore Apple Producer Company (JK), Adil Malik said, that the conference would mainly focus on the ‘Apple Tourism’. “The valley shall be opened for tourists from all parts of the world where they get to interact with apple farmers, live on the farms, experience the lifestyle,” he added.

“We propose to let tourists across India and around the world experience the orchard life, which would not only generate additional tourism revenue for the state and incomes for the farmers but could attract more investment as the tourism progresses”, Adil said.

It said that crop insurance, value addition, cold storage, logistics and supply chain management and integration will be core focus of the conference.

Meanwhile, to make the event successful, the organizers have appealed to the people affiliated with the Apple industry to join and participate in thought-provoking discussions, engaging workshops and networking opportunities with the professionals of Apple industry. (KNO)


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