Himachal govt to open apple packing grading facility at Kharapathar

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Shimla/June 28
Himachal government on Friday announced to setup an apple packing and grading house with facility of controlled atmosphere stores at Kharapathar in Shimla district that is likely benefit the farmers especially fruit growers of Jubbal and Kotkhai area.
Himachal’s Horticulture and Irrigation and Public Health minister Vidya Stokes announced this today after a meeting with Board of Directors of HPMC, here today.
“The packing and grading house will be funded by the Union Ministry of Commerce and HPMC will provide quality cartons and trays to the fruit growers of the state through its outlets against the apples supplied to HPMC under Market Intervention Scheme,” Stokes said, adding that the scheme will be helpful especially to the marginal fruit growers as they will easily get the packaging material.
Stokes said that Techno-Economic Feasibility Reports had been prepared for setting up of 5000 metric tonnes juice extraction units at Chopal, Rohru and Rampur in Shimla district and Patlikuhal and outer Siraj in Kullu district besides Churah and Bharmour in Chamba district.
“These reports will soon be sent to the Government of India for funding,” Stokes saif.
She added that the revenue of HPMC had increased by Rs 2 crore during April-May, 2013 and the Board also approved release of revised grade pay to the employees of the Corporation pursuant to government policy.

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