This is 50 paise more than last year’s price . Handling charges have been fixed at Rs 1.95 per kg for procurement agencies like HPMC , HIMFED and the horticulture department .
An official of the state government said this year 90,343 metric tonnes of apple will be procured under the market intervention scheme(MIS) .
This time 260 procurement centres will be set up all over the apple belt from July 22 to Oct 31 .
The fruit will be procured from horticulture card holders and not contractors .
Also this time apples will be procured in 18 kg bags and crates instead of 60 kg gunny bags .
Farmers prefer to sell low quality fruit under MIS to government agencies to be crushed into juice and other processed products .