“For any industrial product, the GST is passed on to the consumer. It’s not so in the case of agriculture products. The grower has to bear the entire burden. So, I requested the Finance Minister to waive off the GST completely from apple packaging material,” said Chauhan.
Also, the apple stakeholders, including from Kashmir, also urged the Finance Minister to check the arrival of under-invoiced Iranian apple coming through illegal routes. “Not only the government is losing on import duty but also it’s killing the domestic produce,” said Chauhan, adding that the increase in import duty would help in this regard.