ZT News Desk

Srinagar, June 19: The Valley-based Fruit Growers cum Dealers were expecting a good crop of all sort of fresh fruits as the orchards seemed to be abundant in Apples and other fresh fruits particularly Cherry crop. However, the frequent Hailstorm and high-intensity rainfall and gusty winds have not only dashed the hopes but also left the orchardists in complete desperation.

Reports received from Fruit Growers from all parts of Kashmir indicates that there has been massive crop loss to the Fruit Growers at a time when orchards were blooming.

Almost entire harvest of Cherry and other fresh fruits is ruined due to a frequent hailstorm, gusty winds and heavy rainfall during the past three week. It has not only damaged standing crop of fresh fruits including cherry but also broken the branches of the fruit plants in the orchards with the result the growers are much worried about the mounting lasts.

In fact, the fruit growers and dealers of the valley were already badly hit by frequent closure of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway this year which deteriorated apple and cherry crop in transit. And now the frequent hailstorm and heavy rainfall caused additional losses to them.

Although there is no mechanism to measure the exact quantum of losses. Using the basic parameter, we peg the recent losses due to hailstorm and rains only to the horticulture sector or and above Rs.250/- Crores.

Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers Cum Dealers Union which is an umbrella Body of all Fruit Associations of the Valley would like to request Hon’ble Advisor Incharge Horticulture through that:-

  1. Direct the SKUAST Kashmir and director Horticulture Development Department Kashmir and Director Horticulture P&M J&K to depute the concern staff immediately to all affected areas hit by hailstorm, gusty winds and heavy rainfall particularly district Baramulla, Ganderbal, Budgam, Beerwah, Shopian, Kulgam, Pulwama, Kupwara and other areas as well for the purpose of asserting the losses suffered by Fruit Growers.
  2. All the Fruit Growers of the affected areas be made aware about necessary remedial measures to be adopted in order to avoid further damages and diseased in the standing Cherry/ Apple and other sorts of fresh Fruits.
  3. Introduction of Crop Insurance Scheme as a sort of immediate relief for Fruit Growers/ Dealers of the Valley at the time of natural disaster.