Shimla (Sept 3): Himachal seems to register sharp decline in apple production in the going apple season as major quantum of crop is still missing from fruit markets while half of the season is already over and only 66 lakh apple boxes (of 20 kg) witnessed in various apple markets.
Himachal Pradesh Horticulture department’s assistant post harvest physiologist Pawan Kumar told HimVani that only 66, 20797 boxes have been marketed till date while half of seasons is already over. Last year it was 1,74,89329 boxes. The department is expecting 2.18 crore boxes this years as compared to 992 lakh metric tones, while it was 4.47 Cr boxes during 2010.
He said that despite showing slow turnout of crop in the market, its rate has come down slightly to Rs 1,600 per box as compared to Rs 1,800 to 2000 per boxes. Mr Kumar said that department is expecting low production of more than two crore boxes this years due to adverse weather conditions and lean apple season.