Shimla: Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today inaugurated world class cold storage and packing and grading facilities at Jarol Tikkar in Kotgarh and Oddi in Kumarsain in Shimla district.
These facilities have been built by grant from Agriculture & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) which falls under Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Speaking at the occasion Dhumal said the cold storage facility was built at a cost of Rs. 5.05 crore and the grading and packing facility was built for Rs. 1.63 crore. Both the facilities have been built with latest technology which have been imported from aborad.
He said the cold store facility will help farmers market their produce through out the year. He said the government was strengthening the network of marketing yards in the apple belt so that the farmers could sell their produce locally.
State government has sanctioned an amount of Rs. 9 crore for building a road from Matiana to Parala subzi mandi near Chaila in Kotkhai. He announced that support price for apple this year would be Rs. 6 per kg.
Dhumal also dedicated the Kunthru road in Narkanda and laid foundation stone of science block of Government Senior Secondary School, Narkanda.