Former CM of Jammu and Kashmir and PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) leader Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday blamed the administration for failing the apple growers in the Kashmir region by alleging they were 'paid half' of what they normally earn for their produce. She asked, "Apparently Kashmiri apple growers were paid half price per kilogram instead of what they earn in normal circumstances. How will the establishment ensure development in Jammu and Kashmir when they cannot even afford to pay these hard-working farmers what they deserve?"
The former Chief Minister quoted a report in the media to further her claim. As per sources, it was reported that the production of apple was in full swing in Kashmir valley with the help of High-Density Plants (HDP). These plants, which are used at a larger scale, not only produce good quality of apples but also provide a better quantity.
A farmer, Abdul Rasheed, talking to ANI on Saturday had said,
"After using the high-density plants, I'm making double profits. It does not even require much labor charges and is not time-consuming. A single person can handle this. Comparatively to the old method, this method is really helping all the people here as it produces apples in good quality and quantity. This method is far better than the traditional method."
Meanwhile, the Centre has stated that the situation in Kashmir is slowly being restored back to normalcy. On Sunday, the weekly flea market in Srinagar had attracted a large number of vendors, who set up their stalls, in spite of various main markets and other business establishments still shut, according to PTI. While traffic has been seen increasing in the Valley, public transport is still not functional, as informed by authorities. While landline connections have been restored completely, internet and cell connections too have been restored to most parts of the Valley, according to Kashmir administration, while economic activity too has picked up, as stated by authorities. Schools have also opened in the Valley and attendance has been gradually rising. The state administration has been giving regular reports about medical facilities functional in the Valley.
(With inputs from ANI)