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PDP protests in Srinagar against reducing additional duty on apples from US

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Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party on Wednesday staged a protest against the union government’s decision to reduce additional duty on apples imported from the United States.

The party workers called the decision by the union government as “economic terrorism” which they alleged is aimed at destroying the economy of farmers in J&K.

The party chief spokesman Suhail Bukhari who led the protest in Srinagar said that the decision to give tax waiver to apples from the US came at a time when the apple harvest season in Kashmir is at its peak .

“Horticulture is the backbone of our economy and it is being constantly targeted by the present union government,” Bukahri told reporters.

Last week the Union Finance Ministry, in a notification announced the removal of additional duties on several US products including chickpeas, lentils (masur), apples, walnuts in shells, and fresh or dried almonds, as well as shelled almonds. The notification came a day before US President Joe Biden’s arrival in India for the G20 Summit.

The PDP spokesman said that the financial conditions of millions of growers associated with the apple industry are bad.

“Government should have supported them, but on the contrary, apples from abroad were made cheaper so that the price of apples from Jammu and Kashmir would go down. This is not only a matter of concern for Jammu and Kashmir but also in Himachal Pradesh where apples are grown,” he said.

Bukhari demanded that this decision by the union government be withdrawn so that the horticulture industry of Jammu and Kashmir can be saved.

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