Irked with Iranian apple, JKPICCA, FGA visit Delhi, Amritsar
President JKPICCA, Majid Aslam Wafai and President Fruit Growers Association, Mohammad Ashraf Wani made the visit to make the concerned traders and officials aware of the damage the â€˜illegalâ€™ import of the Iranian apple was causing to the apple indust
Post by on Friday, February 12, 2021
Srinagar, Feb 12:Â Concerned about the â€œillegalâ€ import of Iranian apples via Afghanistan into the fruit mandis of New Delhi, the Presidents of theÂ Jammu and Kashmir Fruit & Vegetable Processing & Integrated Cold Chain AssociationÂ (JKPICCA) and theÂ Fruit Growers AssociationÂ (FGA),Â ShopianÂ haveÂ visitedÂ the mandis ofÂ AmritsarÂ andÂ DelhiÂ and met with fruit dealers,Â officials and politicians.
President JKPICCA, Majid Aslam Wafai and President Fruit Growers Association, Mohammad Ashraf WaniÂ made the visitÂ toÂ make the concerned traders and officials aware of the damage the â€˜illegalâ€™ import of the Iranian apple was causing to the apple industry. The associations have been alleging that the Iranian apples are being imported to India viaÂ AfghanistanÂ toÂ avoid payingÂ import dutiesÂ and are causing huge losses to the indeginous apple industry.Â
While talking to Rising Kashmir, President Fruit Growers Association Shopian, AshrafÂ Wani saidÂ thatÂ they have raised their concerns with various politiciansÂ and administrativeÂ officials aboutÂ the illegal tradeÂ beingÂ run underÂ the coverÂ ofÂ theÂ Indo-AfghanÂ TradeÂ Pact.
â€œThe certificatesÂ of origin and phytosanitary certificatesÂ for these applesÂ areÂ beingÂ forged. WeÂ metÂ withÂ custom officialsÂ andÂ briefedÂ them about the issue. WeÂ alsoÂ went to Delhi to meetÂ theÂ Agricultural Produce Market CommitteeÂ (APMC)Â Chairman regarding unlawful sale of this apple,Â asÂ Azadpur Mandi is meant for the sale of onlyÂ domestic produce," he said.Â
He addedÂ thatÂ they also metÂ the Joint Secretary,Â Commerce,Â Amitabh Kumar,Â whoÂ he saidÂ assured themÂ ofÂ properÂ action.Â
"WeÂ evenÂ metÂ theÂ DelhiÂ LegislativeÂ AssemblyÂ Speaker to brief him about the issue. TheÂ import and tradeÂ of Iranian apples had been stoppedÂ in the past. But it is rearing its headÂ again. ThisÂ is worrisome forÂ theÂ apple growersÂ ofÂ the valley,Â as it is bringing down the prices as well as giving out apples a bad name,"Â the Presidents of the Associations said.
They said that Kashmirâ€™sÂ appleÂ industry accounts for three quarters ofÂ theÂ total apple produce in India,Â andÂ supports the livelihood of over 33 lakh people in JK.Â â€œThisÂ illegal import and sale of the foreign apples is causing losses to the industry of not onlyÂ Kashmir,Â butÂ Himachal Pradesh as well.â€
India and Afghanistan have a zero-import duty agreement,Â and theÂ applesÂ brought via AfghanistanÂ areÂ thereforeÂ not taxed.