Shimla: Tall claims of the Himachal Horticulture Minister Narender Bragta about nil shortage of trays and packing material in apple belt can be judged if one travels just 75 km from his government office in Shimla.
No work is happening at the HPMC run packing house at Jarol Tikkar near Narkanda as there are no packing trays and crates in the premises. Such is a situation at the packing house that the entire complex is full with the plucked apple crates but these could not be off loaded since there are no trays required for packing.
The ‘newspaper leaders’ from the BJP including the minister should take a note of this situation and before opening up mouth in the media should cross check the facts on ground.
One can very well imagine if such is a condition of the HPMC run establishment what will be the situation in the far flung interior areas.
Other problem being faced by the growers here is that apple dropping has begun as mite has spread in the orchards forcing them to an early plucking but absence of packing material, roads and trucks is increasing their problems manifold.
It would be interesting to note the press statement of Narender Bragta and his cronies prepared from the drawing room tomorrow.