The cold wave sweeping the region has left apple growers worried. For the past three days, rain, hailstorm and snow have struck the apple-growing belt in Shimla and Kinnaur. Many places, including Narkanda, have been hit by a hailstorm that has caused more damage than the snow.
An orchardist from Rohru said the disturbance in weather would adversely affect the production. Tribuneindia.com quoted him as saying: “The weather has become unpredictable for the last few years. The government and other stakeholders will need to see if it’s because of climate change. The government should also assess the damage growers have suffered.”
Hailstorm in Mysuru region
In the state of Karnataka, a hailstorm, accompanied by heavy rain and strong winds, lashed the old Mysuru region and central districts yesterday, causing widespread damage to crops.
Horticulture crops on vast tract of land were damaged in the hailstorm that lashed Shidlaghatta Township on Thursday evening. Large hailstones wreaked havoc on grapes and tomato crops and polyhouses at Gowdanahalli, Ammagarahalli and surrounding areas in the township.
Deccanherald.com also reported on heavy rain, accompanied by strong winds, damaging mango crop in parts of Ramanagara district, including Magadi, Channapatna and Kanakapur townships.
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