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Hailstorm hits 35,000 hectares of orange orchards in India

The hailstorm that swept over the state in the last couple of days, has damaged orange orchards spread over 35,000 hectares in Maharashtra.

The crops were damaged just days before the start of harvesting season. But the orange growers suffered a double whammy as the hailstorm also affected the flowering for the next crop.

Two regions within Maharashtra -Marathwada and Vidarbha- were the worst hit by the adverse weather conditions, which prevailed from Sunday to Tuesday.
To add insult to injury, a large number of regional farmers -having failed to meet the tough conditions imposed by insurance companies- had opted not to insure their crops. According to, around 25,000 to 30,000 growers cultivate oranges for a livelihood in the affected region.

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