Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Front, Hakeem Yaseen, has expressed his concern over the massive damage caused to horticulture industry in the state of Kashmir due to yesterday’s hailstorm.
The hailstorm caused huge damage to apple crop in many villages of south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Friday. Residents from different villages surrounding Pulwama said hailstorm, lasted for over 20 minutes: "We were expecting bumper apple crop this year but nature's fury in the form of hailstorm devastated the crop within few minutes."
Hakeem Yaseen has asked the governor to provide ex gratia relief to affected farmers whose crop has got severely damaged. In a recent statement, Hakeem Yaseen said that hailstorm has wrecked havoc to standing crops and horticulture produce causing colossal losses to the farming community in Pulwama, Shopian, Baramulla and Budget districts.
He has asked the governor’s administration to provide adequate relief to the affected farmers and fruit traders after assessing the damage caused.
He said that strong windstorm and hailstorm last evening destroyed standing crops in Pulwama, Shopian, Budgam, Chrar-e-Shareef and Rafiabad affecting livelihood of thousands of farmers and fruit traders. He has demanded adequate compensation to the hailstorm victim families under natural calamity relief.