Jai Prakash Dalal, the Haryana Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister recently met the stakeholders of the area to talk about the infrastructure and other facilities to be given at the upcoming apple market at Pinjore near here.
The market which will come up on 78 acres of land with new-age provisions will interest farmers of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, an official release quoted the minister as saying.
He informed that the state government has already set up an apple market on 3 acres of land in Sector-20 of Panchkula. However, during the peak apple season there is a dearth of space and other issues.
The decision to make the first largest apple market in Pinjore will benefit the North India farmers, traders, logistics facilities, the minister shared.
He said apples coming from Himachal Pradesh and Jammu are stored in a cold place in far-flung areas like Delhi, Bangaluru, and Chennai, which not only incurs big transportation expenses but also affects the quality of fruits and vegetables.
Therefore, the upcoming apple market of Pinjore will solve all these issues. The minister further requested the stakeholders to think of setting up a processing unit in a nearby area of this ultramodern market and other mandis so that the fruits and vegetables are not kept for a longer time and the availability of the products remain consistent in the markets.
It was decided to set up an international vegetable market in Ganaur for which an amount of about Rs 400 crore has been released, the minister added. Apart from this, the flower market will be set up in Gurugram and spices market will be set up in Sonipat, he said.