Bilal Ahmad

Sopore fruit Mandi suffers loss due to lack of transport facility

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Sopore: The traders affiliated with fruit business at Asia’s second largest fruit mandi in Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district have suffered a huge loss due to the lack of transport facility.
The members of fruit growers and buyers Union while talking to ‘Kashmir Vision’ alleged that the government has neglected the important trade centre particularly in transport facilities, which has led to losses suffered by the fruit trader in Sopore.
“Despite being the second largest fruit market in Asia, the government never showed seriousness to redress the grievances of this fruit Mandi,” Firdous Ahmad Dar, a fruit grower said.
He said that “due to the neglect and callous attitude of authorities, we are yet to see any development here in this old and famous fruit Mandi.”
The fruit growers said that despite low demand in the market in this fruit ending season, transporters have increased the rates, which adds to the miseries of the fruit growers.
Mushtaq Ahmad Tantray, former president and a fruit grower told this newspaper that “Sopore fruit Mandi, being one of the main economic centres in the valley, where more than 300 fruit laden trucks are being dispatched to outside state in a day has been neglected by the authorities as hardly 50 trucks are available here, which not only gives tough times to the growers but buyers too,” he said.
Meanwhile, a group of growers and buyers appealed the higher authorities to look into their genuine grievances at an earliest.

Bilal Ahmad

Bilal Ahmad is a reporter and covers city beat and sports, can be contacted [email protected]

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