As per a press release by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade, the very first consignment of popular Kashmiri walnuts was recently snet to Karnataka from the Budgam district of Kashmir.
As a part of the ministry’s One District, One Product (ODOP) program initiative, A truck carrying about 2,000 kg of walnuts was transported to Bangalore, Karnataka.
Kashmir is reckoning for 90 percent of India’s walnut production. Due to nuts superior quality, taste and a great source of nutrients and are in high demand in India as well as around the world. This product has enormous potential for success in both local and global markets.
Identifying that despite the availability of Kashmir walnuts, India has been importing walnuts on a large scale, the ‘ODOP’ team began an in-depth market analysis and stakeholder consultations in Kashmir.
Furthermore, walnut importers in India were contacted, and the ODOP team was able to facilitate the procurement through dedicated handholding on both ends.
Such initiatives also help the Atma Nirbhar Bharat campaign because, in this case, the Bangalore-based importer, who was previously importing walnuts from the United States, is now able to market quality walnuts at a tiny percentage of the import cost, according to the release.
On the eve of the flag-off event, a roundtable conference was held in Budgam district of Kathe first consignment of Kashmiri walnuts was recently flagged off from Budgamto solicit input from industry representatives.
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