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Fallout of verbal exchange blockade :Tasty walnuts flip sour for farmers

Srinagar, Oct 1:  Thirty 8 12 months outdated walnut dealer
Farooq Ahmad Bhat procured fruit in bulk this 12 months to money in at the festive
season and earn some further greenbacks to offset some industry losses of remaining 12 months.

Sensing large call for this season, Bhat was once looking forward to
opportune time to export fruit to other states. Come August 5, his goals
got here crashing down as he may no longer touch doable consumers because of the
verbal exchange clampdown.

 “This season investors
haven’t positioned many orders. I might now at once shipping walnut kernel to
Goa, Kolkata and Maharashtra. I’m afraid that earlier than our fruit may achieve
those markets, walnut from different international locations would possibly have occupied the cabinets,” he
stated.

Like apples, the walnut business of Kashmir too is in
misery.  In spite of large call for this
festive season, the fruit hasn’t reached doable markets.

Growers declare that the verbal exchange clampdown has behind schedule
export of Kashmiri walnuts and with the end result imports from US and Chile have
flooded home markets.

“We now have come to understand that outdoor state sellers have
imported walnuts from Chile and US in large amount. Harvesting of walnuts
started within the remaining week August.  However the
delivery couldn’t be achieved on time as a result of touch was once misplaced with the sellers,”
Bhat stated.

Kashmir produces 2.66 lakh metric tonnes of walnuts, which
is over 90 consistent with cent of the whole manufacturing of the rustic. Greater than 89000
hectares of land is below the walnut cultivation within the valley.

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Investors stated imports have dealt a demise blow to the walnut
business of Kashmir with costs falling sharply around the nation.  “Costs are too low evaluating to kernels
imported from different international locations. Closing month home walnut kernels have been promoting
at Rs 700 to 750 consistent with kilogram. Walnuts from US and Chile have been promoting at Rs 900
consistent with kilogram,” stated Muneer Ahmad, a dry fruit broker from Srinagar.

Dry culmination together with walnut and almonds have an enormous call for
on Dussehra and Diwali around the nation. 
“We now have ignored the bus for Dussehra. However there’s nonetheless a month left
for Diwali. We now have began delivery walnuts to quite a lot of markets of nation.
Hope we can earn some cash,” stated Mohammad Iqbal, a dealer.

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