Shimla : The Himachal Pradesh government today gave its approval for implementation of Market Intervention Scheme to procure apple from farmers.
The MIS will be implemented for procurement of 144936 M.T. apple for and the price will be Rs 10.50 per kg.
An official of the state horticulture department said handing charges will be Rs 2.75 per kg, and assumed sale realization will be considered as Rs 3.50 per kg.
Under the scheme 305 procurement centers will be opened as per demand of the fruit growers out of which, 169 collection centers will be opened and operated by the HPMC and 136 by the HIMFED by their own staff,level for which funds amounting to Rs 259.84 lakh have been proposed by the Horticulture Department.
He said that under the scheme fruits would be procured in 35 kg gunny bags with 2.5 percent more fruits in view of evapo-transpiration and respiration losses.
Only apple having diameter above 51 mm will be procured under the scheme. He said that fruit having punctured skin or bird eaten,damaged would not be accepted.
He said fruit infested with insects pests and fungal diseases including scab, ethral sprayed fruit and immature over mature or ripe fruit would also not be accepted.
Similarly, severely bruised fruit would also not be accepted. However, fruits having slight hail damage, slight bruising, russeting and misshapen fruit will be accepted.
The MIS will be implemented from 20th July, 2022 to 31st October, 2022, he added.