KCCI, fruit-growers call on Advisor Ganai

SRINAGAR, NOV 9: A delegation of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), today called on the Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai here.
During the meeting, the delegation, led by KCCI President, Sheikh Ashiq raised demand for early compensation to fruit growers and orchardists, who suffered losses due to untimely snowfall.
The delegation also requested to expedite the implementation of Restructured Weather Based Crop Insurance scheme in the State.
The Advisor assured the delegation that Governor’s administration is assessing the losses and would consider suitable assistance to fruit growers and orchardists, for which the exercise is presently underway in consultation with the Divisional Administration and respective Deputy Commissioners.
Meanwhile, a delegation of Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers Cum Dealers Union (KVFG) also called on the Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai and appraised him about damage of orchards due to recent untimely snowfall in the State. The delegation led by its Chairman, Bashir Ahmad Bashir comprised of representatives from Sopore, Anantnag, Char-e-Sharief and other districts. They demanded adequate compensation for losses suffered by them due to the recent snowfall.
The Advisor gave a patient hearing to the delegation and assured that their grievances and demands would be redressed at the earliest. He also assured them that he will bring into the notice of Governor about concerns of fruit-growers.
The delegation also sought intervention for implementation of long pending demand of introduction of Horticulture Crop Insurance Scheme, exemption of KCC loans and waiver of interest on CC limits. The delegation appealed to the Advisor to issue advisory to all financial institutions restricting them for recovery of loan from Valley based Fruit-Growers and dealers for the time being.
The Advisor complimented the Horticulturists for their hard work and contribution to the State economy. He said that the sector has contributed heavily to economic growth of the State. He added that Rs 10000 cr worth of fruit is exported from the State every year making it most valuable industry of the State. He also complimented that the sector has been successful in providing direct and indirect employment to 25 lakh people in the State.