‘Apple Cluster’ for J&K’s Shopian district gets approval from the Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Ministry. It will be operated under the Cluster Development Programme. The decision with respect to the same was taken during a daylong conference on ‘India Cold Chain Conclave’ formulated by the Ministry in association with the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi.
Details of Project ‘Apple Cluster’:
It is estimated that the project will cost Rs. 135.23 crores. The Ministry will provide the grant-in-aid of Rs.37.05 crores while Implementing Agencies shall be giving equity to the tune of Rs. 29.92 crores and will raise a term loan of 68.27 crores. The project will be executed for the upcoming four years and it is predicted that it will lead to the transformation of the landscape of the horticulture ecosystem of the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir. The Shopian apple cluster aims at the development of Shopian apple on three verticals comprises of;
- Post-harvest management
- Value addition and Logistics, Marketing and its branding for making it globally competent.