J&K prohibits non-local truckers

(This story originally appeared in November 4, 2019) The murder of workers and has led the J&K administration to stop the entry of external trucks to the Shopian district on Sunday, temporarily stopping the transportation of apples.

During the harvest season, Shopian needs more than 7,000 trucks to buy apples outside the Valley. The district has just over 250 trucks of its own. Most of them have come from outside for decades.

The administration has reiterated that, for now, no non-local truck driver would be allowed to enter the district to load the apple harvest. Officials, after a meeting with everyone interested in Shopian on Saturday, asked fruit merchants and orchard owners to transport apple boxes to four designated points on the road, where they can load trucks to transport the apples outside of J&K.