On crop damage after hailstorm and heavy rainfall

Bandipora district, Kashmir: Growers fuming over government apathy

Residents of the Watapora area of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district are up in arms against district administration for failing to respond to their problems properly after hailstorm and heavy rainfall hit the crops in the area. Pertinently Heavy rains and hailstorm from past many days caused huge damage to crops and various kinds of Vegetables in Watapora and its adjoining areas and leaving farmers in distress over expected losses.

Locals from Watapora, Qazipora, and its adjoining areas told Kashmir News Service that heavy rains, wind and hailstorm, from past many days damaged crops and various kinds of fruits and vegetables. They said that the windy storms triggered by heavy rainfall have led to massive damage of crops, on which farmers depend for their livelihood.

Watapora is known for its production of quality vegetables, but the excessive rainfall from last several days have ruined the potential crop of grapes. Farmers of these areas have expressed disappointment and said they have been incurring heavy losses due to incessant rains which have damaged their standing crops and vegetables. Meanwhile, Locals told KNS that District Administration has totally failed to reach out to the affected people, not to talk of giving them the adequate compensation.

According to the reports the heavy rains have caused huge damage to the fruits and other vegetables in Watapora. However no one has come with the help or to report the loss, neither by the Revenue nor the Agriculture department leaving the Vegetable growers to fend for themselves.

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