Thousands of apple-laden trees were damaged in Kashmir due to the weight of a devastating, untimely snowfall. On Saturday, south Kashmir orchardists were trying to pluck apples and shake down the snow from their trees with bare hands, even amid heavy snowfall.
Kashmir’s apple industry has once again suffered huge losses due to the untimely snowfall that has come a fortnight earlier than in November 2019 when thousands of fruit trees were damaged. However in 2019, there were much less apples yet to be plucked compared to this year, as hundreds of tons of apple were still on the trees.
According to locals of Sedow, Rawalpora, Shalatoo, Meminder, Keller, Zawoora, DH pora, Manzgam, Bamnoo and other villages in upper areas, more than 40 percent of apple was yet to be harvested when it started snowing and raining on late Friday night.
The absence of non-local laborers, most of whom left the valley in the wake of several targeted killings of non-locals, resulted in more damage to the fruit trees as work needed to save the trees did not get done.
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