Fruit growers protest in Sopore’s fruit market in north Kashmir

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The fruit growers and buyers at Fruit Mandi in Sopore area of north Kashmir Baramulla district staged a protest against the government for “failing” to redress their issues.

Reports reaching a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO), that hundreds of fruit growers and buyers held a protest at Fruit Mandi Sopore, demanding authorities to allow the stranded fruit-laden trucks to proceed towards their destinations.

The protesters were holding placards and banners carrying demands like “Save fruit industry”, “Save Growers”, “Open N/H-44 24 Hours for fruit laden trucks” and “M.I.S Chalo Karo”. The protesters told KNO that authorities are “unnecessarily” stopping fruit-laden trucks on the Srinagar-Jammu highway, which adds to the sufferings of this already hit industry.

Expressing serious concern over the recent announcement of the package by Lieutenant Governor, the protesters said that the sector has been ignored in the package.

The protesting fruit growers warned that they would suspend trade at Fruit Mandi Sopore in case law enforcement agencies continued to stop fruit and vegetable-laden trucks along the highway.

Sopore Fruit Mandi president, Fayaz Ahamd Malik said that despite approaching the higher authorities, they are continuously showing a neglected attitude towards this sector, thus putting the fruit growers in trouble. They said it has been two years since people associated with this sector are facing huge losses.

He said authorities hardly bother to take any step towards the development of this sector. (KNO)

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