Published: August 4, 2014 | India
Himachal Pradesh government has decided to install global positioning system (GPS) devises in trucks and other vehicles carrying apple produce to outside states to check thefts and also to monitor the movement of trucks. In the past, there have been instances where apple produce was stolen in trucks bearing fake registration numbers, causing huge loss to farmers of the state.
Horticulture minister Vidya Stokes on Saturday presided over a high-level meeting in Shimla to make proper arrangements during the apple season. She said that the state government had implemented the project for the first time in Shimla district during the last apple season on pilot basis and it had proved successful. Stokes said that elaborate arrangements have been made for smooth transportation of apple to the markets. She said that proper arrangements would be made for transportation of apple to the market and said that identity cards would be issued to drivers to facilitate growers.
The minister said that the state government had recently notified weight of apple boxes and cartons of different sizes. As per the amended provisions in Himachal Pradesh Agricultural and Horticulture Produce Marketing (Development and Regulations) Amendment Ordinance, 2014, apple cartons were not to weigh more than 22.5 kg and 11 kg when being transported for sale/auction in the yards of HP Marketing Board of the state or outside the state.
Stokes said that horticulture sector was a vital sector in the economy of the state, which generates more than Rs 3,200 crore annual income. She also asked the public works department to undertake maintenance of roads and make all necessary arrangements during the season so that people do not face any difficulty.
Source: Times of India