Rollback reduction of import duties on Washington apples, walnut: Tarigami

CPI (M) leader Mohamad Yousuf Tarigami Tuesday expressed dismay over the removal of additional duties on apples and walnuts from 35% to 15% imported from Wasington and urged the GOI to roll back its decision.The decision will have a devastating effect on marginal growers and small traders in the region, as they are already grappling with huge losses for the last so many years. Reducing the import duty is bound to compound their distress, Tarigami said in a statement issued to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO).“We urge the Government of India to roll back the decision and demand imposing a 100% import duty on apples, walnuts in the larger interests of growers who are under debts and unable to even recoup the input costs, in view of inflation,” he said.Apple Farmer’s Federation of India has been constantly campaigning and raising the issues and demands confronting the apple farmers of Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uthrakhand, Tarigami said.“Apple is the backbone of our economy and source of survival. We demand remunerative price, revival of market intervention scheme (MIS), government regulated crop insurance scheme, comprehensive loan waiver package, subsidy on fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides etc,” he added.We appeal to the whole community of growers and small traders to raise their voice against the anti-farmer and pro-corporate policies of the government, Tarigami said

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