In September, when the Centre rolled out a plan to strengthen Jammu and Kashmir’s economy, it tasked the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED) with procuring apples from the state, where its operations ceased in 1990-91 due to militancy. The Kashmir Valley contributes 2 million metric tonnes of apples out of the country’s total produce of 2.5 million tonnes. In an exclusive interview to Jyotika Sood, NAFED managing director Sanjeev Kumar Chadha reveals the cooperative’s plans for the state. Edited excerpts:
Can you brief us on NAFED’s apple procurement plans in Kashmir?