Truckloads of apples begin to rot on blocked occupied Kashmir freeway

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SRINAGAR:

Roadworks have halted hundreds of vehicles carrying tens of millions of {dollars} value of apples on Indian Illegally Occupied Kashmir’s important freeway, a significant union chief mentioned on Monday, triggering protests by growers as their produce begins to rot.

Highway repairs had been inflicting large delays alongside the freeway that connects the disputed Indian Illegally Occupied Kashmir (IIOJK) valley to the remainder of India, that means large anticipated losses.

“We have 8,000 trucks carrying apples worth 100 crore rupees (one billion rupees, or about $12.25 million) stranded on the highway for the last two weeks,” Bashir Ahmad Basheer, the top of the Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers and Dealers Union, instructed Reuters.

Employing greater than three million folks, fruit cultivation is an financial lifeline for the Himalayan area, which is claimed in full however dominated partially by each India and Pakistan.

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All 10 main wholesale fruit markets within the IIOJK had been shut on Sunday and Monday as farmers protested towards what they mentioned was site visitors mismanagement.

“The apples in the truck have started rotting now,” mentioned Rajesh Kumar, a trucker from the northern Indian state of Punjab.

“I don’t know how many more days I will be here,” he mentioned, including that he had been caught on the freeway for six days.

The divisional  commissioner for IIOJK mentioned this yr had seen a bumper apple crop of greater than 2.1 million metric tons as a consequence of heavy rain.

“We have difficulties in the movement of traffic on the highway due to shooting stones (falling rocks) but it is beyond human control,” Commissioner PK Pole instructed Reuters.

Repair work on the Srinagar-Jammu freeway can be completed this week, a neighborhood authorities official instructed Reuters on situation of anonymity, as a result of he was not authorised to talk to the media.