Large parts of the fresh fruit crop have been damaged by heavy rain and snowfall in Panchari-Landhar and Latti-Dudu area of Udhampur district, inflicting heavy losses on orchardists who are now hoping for financial aid.
Dried and fresh fruit are a source of livelihood for thousands of families in Jammu and Kashmir, including remote and picturesque area of Panchari, Latti and Dudu in Udhampur district but growers associated with this sector are facing losses due to low crop this year as well as sharp slump in prices owing to COVID-19 pandemic as no buyer is reaching to the growers.
Chief Horticulture Officer Udhampur, Brij Vallab said: “Last year farmers earned well due to bumper crop production, but this year crop is 40 percent less due to unprecedented weather conditions. It’s a fact that farmers are facing hard time to sell their produce due to lack of buyers in Jammu region. We are coming up with 1st Walnut Processing Unit in Udhampur with help of private entrepreneurs under Aatm Nirbar Scheme.”
“Farmers will take walnuts to this unit and we divide walnut into grading and packing and this would increase employment opportunities for local youth as well as farmers.” he told dailyexcelsior.com.