Inclement weather, hailstorms cause huge losses to fruit crops


SRINAGAR, Inclement weather coupled with hailstorms at various parts of Kashmir has caused losses to fruit crops, with fruit growers urging the state government to implement crop insurance scheme.  In a press handout issued by Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers cum Dealers Union stated that the meeting of the union under chairman Bashir Ahmad Basheer was held, in which fruit growers of Rafiaabad, Sopore, Tangmarg, Srinagar, Ganderbal, Budgam, Baramulla, Kulgam, Anantnag, Pahlagam, Shopian, Pulwama, Handwara, Kupwara, participated.

The fruit growers expressed concern over losses of suffered by the Valley based fruit growers due to consistent heavy hailstorm.

“The maximum fruit crop has turned into B grade and C grade and the Valley based fruit growers are extremely anxious due to huge losses,” the statement said.

It adds that KVFGU have repeatedly requested the concern agencies for implementation of the crop insurance scheme. “Though the announcement of crop insurance scheme was made by the government but it is unfortunate that the said scheme has not been implemented so far.”

“The Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers cum Dealers Union appeal to the government for immediate implementation of crop insurance scheme and further request that a team of officers of Horticulture Development/ Horticulture P&M and   SKUAST-K may kindly be deputed to the affected areas on war footing basis for their advice and remedial measures to be adopted so that remaining crop of fruits could be saved,” it said.