Kullu district apple growers have been facing the brunt of weather vagaries for the past few days. A heavy hailstorm and fresh snowfall in the Anni and Nirmand blocks of the district yesterday caused huge losses. According to the Horticulture Department, the hailstorm and snowfall have caused an estimated loss of Rs 10 mln (€120,000) to apple orchardists in the Anni and Nirmand areas. To save the apple crop from damage by hailstorm, the orchardists had covered their orchards with anti-hail nets earlier this year, which became the main reason for the loss.
Utam Prashar, subject specialist of the Horticulture Department at Nirmand, said, “Around 100 farmers of Anni and Nirmand were affected by the hailstorm and the snowfall. The department has assessed losses amounting to Rs 10 mln.”
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