India: Heavy rainfall damages fruit crops in Himachal Pradesh

Heavy rainfall, coupled with hailstorms, thunderstorms and heavy winds for the last few days, has damaged fruit crops in Himachal Pradesh. Apples trees in Shimla, Kullu, Mandi and Kinnaur districts were struck particularly heavily.

Fruit Vegetable and Flower Growing Association president, Harish Chauhan: “The apples will not get the desired size and colour if rainfall continues. Recent hailstorms has also damaged fruits and vegetables. It is a bad sign for orchardists and farmers as they are already suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An estimated loss of ₹8 bln (€96 mln) to apple growers has been reported in the state.”

Heavy rain at isolated places in Bilaspur, Mandi and Una district and light to moderate rain was witnessed at most places in the state during the last 24 hours. Minimum temperatures were two to three degrees below normal while maximum temperatures were four to five degrees below normal.

The state meteorological department had issued a yellow warning for middle hills on June 1. State MeT director Manmohan Singh said that due to a fresh western disturbance, rainfall along with hail and thunderstorms are very likely to continue throughout the state until June 6.


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