Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj held a meeting on marketing of apple produce with Horticulture Produce Marketing and Processing Corporation (HPMC), Agriculture Produces Marketing Corporation (APMC), HIMFED and HP State Agriculture Marketing Board here today.
He directed HP State Agriculture Marketing Board to regulate transportation of apple in the market yards. He said that horticulturists should be sensitised about the reality of market so that they do not panic. He said that good quality apples are getting good price in the market, so horticulturist should have faith on the State Government.
Urban Development Minister directed Deputy Commissioner Shimla Aditya Negi to provide status report of roads in the wake of apple season. He also directed to improve the condition of road to Kyartu village in Theog at the earliest.
Suresh Bhardwaj also discussed the situation of traffic during the apple season. SP Shimla Monika Bhutungru assured the Minister about smooth functioning of traffic especially around market yards during the apple season. She said all the arrangements for deployment of traffic police personnel will be made.
Urban Development Minister directed HPMC to check illegal practices in the market yards.
Chairman HPMC Naresh Sharma said that strict actions were being taking against those who were found guilty of illegal practices in the market yards. He said that CCTV cameras would be installed in the market yards for curbing these kinds of practices.
MD HPMC Rajeshwar Goel, MD HP State Agriculture Marketing Board Naresh Thakur, Chairman HIMFED K.K. Sharma, and other senior officers of State Government were also present on the occasion.