Shimla, Oct 14 (ANI): Apple business is booming in northern hill town and famed tourist destination Shimla, registering an annual growth from 35 billion to 45 billion rupees, proving a boon for the economy. Apple farming, which is the biggest business of the state, is not only giving good business to its farmers and traders, but the state government is also launching different schemes and initiatives to help grow the trade. Different varieties of the fruit are being sold out in large quantities at the local markets in Narkanda, Shimla, Dhali, Solan and Parwanoo during the onset of winter. On an average, the farmers get 1,000 rupees for a box containing 20-25 kg of apple. But this year, farmers are getting between 1,000 to 2,200 rupees for the same box. Vice-chairman, Himachal Pradesh, Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC), Mohinder Satan, said that with each year passing, more are more farmers and traders are joining this business considering its profit. Besides, the government is also giving 80 percent subsidy to the apple farmers.