Apple-producing farmers of other villages, including Arakot in Uttarkashi, affected by the disaster, have been relieved. Apple has started purchasing apple at a rate of about 20 percent more than the market price. Similarly, there are about 6300 farmers in the state including Harshil’s apple growers. Whose crops have been facilitated to transport directly from the garden to the market without any hassle.
The apple growers of Arakot had the problem of transporting apples to the market due to road breakage due to Uttarkashi disaster. Nine village cooperative purchasing sales societies formed under the State Integrated Cooperative Project have started procuring their apples in association with a cold storage here. Apple growers had earlier pleaded with Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat. With this, the concern of Harshil’s apple growers has also ended. Harshil’s apple ripen in the first fortnight of October.
In fact, apple growers are being linked to cooperative societies under the State Integrated Cooperative Project. After this, it is the cooperative society that determines the rates of apples and makes the purchase work. Under the project, producers are being informed about better plants to land improvement, marketing etc. According to the project director Anand Shukla, 6300 farmers from Uttarkashi and Dehradun have been linked to it so far. Now apple growers of Nainital, Almora, Tehri and Chamoli will also be included in this project.