India: Hailstorm damages fruit crops in parts of Kashmir

This weekend, a hailstorm and thundershowers lashed parts of Kashmir, after inclement weather for the last few days already badly damaged the Valley’s horticulture and agricultural produce.

Speaking with the Greater Kashmir, Director Horticulture, Kashmir, Aijaz Ahmad Bhat said that the extent of loss caused to horticulture produce due to hailstorm was “around 40 per cent in some of the badly affected parts of Handwara and Kulgam”. However, Bhat said the final loss assessment was yet to be made.

“We are assessing the losses on daily basis. As and when we get reports of hailstorm, the departmental teams are rushed to the affected areas. We have been issuing advisories and guiding orchardists about how to manage and minimize further damage,” Bhat said.


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