A feasibility study to identify the export potential of horticultural products in J&K has been undertaken by the Agricultural Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), as part of an overall plan to improve the quality and growth exports of apples and walnuts. A project for micro propagation of walnut to increase the production level has been initiated. To standardise the packaging of horticultural products to meet international standards, the Indian Institute of Packaging is in the process of developing packaging standards. A buyer-seller meet at Dhaka and Colombo in respect of apples and potatoes was held in November 2000, in which exporters from Jammu&Kashmir had participated. To improve quality of production of exportable horticultural products including fruits, intensive integrated training programme on apple in J&K and Himachal Pradesh States have been initiated through nominated technical coordinators. Financial support is also being provided to upgrade the testing facilities of the regional research laboratory in Jammu. An awareness programme on exports of horticultural products was conducted in J&K in July 2000 in which State Government organisations, growers and exporters had participated.
There were some representations from the apple growers of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir for increasing the import duty and Bound Rate of duty on apples. State Government of Jammu & Kashmir had requested for providing assistance to the farmers of the State in improving the post harvest management practices and processing of horticultural produce such as apples and walnuts; for improving the infrastructure for storage facilities such as cold stores and refrigerated transportation for fresh fruits as also for assistance in marketing of the produce abroad. In response to such representations, the basic duty on import of apples has been raised from 35% to 50% with effect from 5th April 2000.
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