Retail chain offers to sell Himachal apples

August 19th, 2011 - 8:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, Aug 19 (IANS) Retail chain Future Group is aiming to offer Himachal Pradesh’s delicious apples from Kinnaur district in its retail outlets across the country.

Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal told reporters here Friday that the group has sought a tie-up with the state government for marketing the apples and vegetables through 250 Big Bazaar outlets across the country.

The group has offered to provide a special space for marketing of agricultural and horticultural products in Big Bazaar outlets.

“Initially they have plans to procure 1,500 tonnes apple, 5,000 tonnes garlic and 15,000 tonnes potatoes. This would address marketing problems of the farmers,” Dhumal said.

The government suggested that floriculture products should also be marketed as the flowers cultivated in the state are much in demand across the country.

Sirmaur is the leading garlic-producing district, while Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur districts are known across the world for producing potatoes and apples, respectively.

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