| Srinagar |
Posted: November 6, 2008 at 4:38:08
The snow in Kashmir has hit the fruit and horticulture industry, as the best selling body of the valley attracts losses in Rs 500 kronor. The snow cover, which began on Saturday, has damaged fruit crops in several parts of the valley, and fruit associations have claimed that about 20 percent of the crops have not been grown.
"After we receive preliminary investments from the districts, we believe that the damage to the industry exceeds $ 500, and accurate information will be known after a proper assessment." The Indian Express said Sheikh Aashiq Ahmad, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI).
The authorities have stated that they are currently assessing the damage to apples in the gardens. Horticultural Kashmir director Manzoor Ahmad Quadri told The Indian Express that the process has continued. "It's true that the snowstorm has caused damage to orchards. But how much … we collect reports from the ground. It can take one week (for full details)," he said.
On Monday, Sheridan-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology issued advice on orchards affected by snowfall, detailing measures that farmers should "protect against harm".
The Cypriot Presidency, on the other hand, issued a statement Monday calling into question why the Valley of Pradhan Mantra Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), the Central Government Crop Insurance Scheme, has not yet been introduced.
"KPKI is pleased to know that the Agrochemical Insurance Scheme has been operating in Jammu Province since 2017, Kharif, but is at the same time alarmed that Kashmir territory is being overlooked in this regard," he said in a statement.
The Union of Farmers' Association of Kashmir Valley (KVFG), the apex of fruit associations, said that the recent snow has destroyed "all fruit crops and mutton fruit plants in all orchards in the valley." This authority has also requested the administration to consider granting compensation for thousands of rupee damage caused by heavy snow.
"The fall of snow is damaging the apples, and the fruit grower is not just a loss this year, but also for years to come, because the trees are badly damaged," said Basheer Ahmad Basheer, Chairman of The Indian Express Chair, KVFG.
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