Uttarakhand News

Step aside Himachal, Uttarakhand to promote its apples with Arakot as its first apple market

The agricultural ministry of the state is all geared up to help Uttarakhand apples gain recognition in the country and well as abroad. The apples from Uttarakhand will no more be sent to Himachal Pradesh; rather agricultural ministry will set up state’s first apple market (mandi) in Arakot in Uttarakashi district. The Agricultural Production Marketing Board (APMB) has sent a proposal worth Rs. 15.65 crore to the state government for approval. With the opening of apple market, the apple orchard owners will be able to sell their produce within the state at a good cost.

With no apple market in Uttarakhand at present, all the apple produce from the state is brought by the Himachali traders and packed as ‘Himachal apples’ and sold all over the country. According the proposal, the mandi will have shops for apple sellers as well as grading and packaging unit. The APM Board have already procured 3300 sq-mt land for setting up the apple market.

Apart from that, the Agricultural Production Marketing Board are also in process of setting up cold storage unit worth Rs. 9.5 crore at Jhala near Harsil in Uttarakashi district. The Board hopes the cold storage unit will be operation before the apple season so that farmers could secure their produce for longer time.

Inputs from Amar Ujala