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J&K govt signs MoU with GoAir for transportation of perishable fruits

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Horticulture department Monday signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with airline carrier GoAir for transportation of perishable horticulture and agricultural produce to various destinations across the country.

The MoU was signed in presence of Principal Secretary Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Horticulture departments, Navin Kumar Choudhary at Civil Secretariat here today, an official press release informed.

Speaking on the occasion, the Navin Kumar Choudhary said that this significant step will empower the fruit growers of Jammu and Kashmir and will increase their income as well as boost the rural economy. He added that it will also address the transportation hiccups for the horticulture produce especially the highly perishable items like cherry, plum, apricots, etc.

Choudhary further added that the government is also considering to provide some sort of financial support to fruit growers who will utilise this facility for transportation of horticulture and agricultural yield to outside J&K as well as the facility of refrigerated vans for which the decision could be taken by the government in couple of days.

Under this MoU, the airline will charge Rs 24, Rs 34, Rs 47, Rs 48 and Rs 50 for transportation of perishable fruit produce from Jammu and Srinagar to Delhi, Mumbai/Pune, Chennai, Kolkata and Bengaluru respectively.

The growers can directly approach the airline and transport their produce on the said rates.

Pertinently, the government had invited bids from airlines regarding this and the GoAir was selected as it offered lowest rates per Kg for transportation of perishable fruit produce, the press release said.

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