First time in 30 years, why NAFED faces challenge -Harish Damodaran

-The Indian Express

NAFED has been tasked with purchasing all the apples that growers bring to sell at mandis in the Valley. A bumper crop, for which there would hardly be any private buyers with all the current movement restrictions, makes it all the more challenging.

The National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) has not bought a single kilogram of apples for the last three decades or more.

“We did not have to, as this trade was always in private hands and the government didn’t think it necessary for us to intervene,” said an official from the nodal agency that procures oilseeds, pulses, copra, onion and cotton to deliver the minimum support price (MSP) declared by the Centre to farmers.

But now, NAFED has been tasked with purchasing all the apples that growers bring to sell at mandis in the Valley. A bumper crop, for which there would hardly be any private buyers with all the current movement restrictions, makes it all the more challenging.

Jammu & Kashmir accounts for about 18 lakh tonnes (lt) out of India’s total annual apple production of 23-24 lt, which also includes 4.5-5 lt from Himachal Pradesh and 50,000-60,000 tonnes from Uttarakhand. This year, the country’s output is projected to touch 26 lt due to good snowfall, with J&K alone harvesting 20 lt or so.

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The Indian Express, 11 September, 2019, https://indianexpress.com/article/india/first-time-in-30-yrs-why-nafed-faces-challenge-j-k-himachal-apples-procurement-5984373/

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