Adani Agro Fresh limited (AAF) decided to buy high-grade apple from the targeted growers at the rate of Rs 76 per kilogram, which Rs 4 higher than last year purchase rates. Around 2000 metric tons of crops was purchased in the last two days till this afternoon informed a spokesperson of the group. He said that procurement started on August 15, with a target of buying 7,000 metric tonnes more apples than last year.
The in purchase started at three collection centres, wherein the company has released its rates. Adani Agro Fresh Company would buy apples at Rs four more than last year. This season, the group has set a target of procuring 25,000 MT, which is 7,000 MT more than last year. The company would buy extra large apples with 80 to 100 per cent color at Rs 52 per kg, while large, medium and small apples at Rs 76 per kg. Last year, the rate of extra large apples was Rs 52 while the rate of large, medium and small apples was Rs 72 per kg. This season, extra large apples with 60 to 80 per cent color would be procured at Rs 37 per kg, while large, medium and small sized apples will be purchased at Rs 61 per kg. Apples with less than 60 per cent color would be procured at Rs 20 per kg. Last year such an apple was bought for Rs 15 a kg. Extra Smaller sized (Pittu) apples will be procured at Rs 52 per kg, as against the rates fixed at Rs 42 last year for such apples.
The company has released these rates from August 15 to 19. After August 19, the rate will be changed.
AGF has collection centers at Sainj under Theog subdivision Mehdali, under Rohru and Bidal under Rampur. Adani Agro Fresh Terminal Manager said that company has offered better rates than the mandis.
Small size apples are more this year, so keeping in mind the interests of horticulture, the company has fixed the price of small apples by Rs eight to ten more than last year, he added.
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