Kashmir strawberry farmers harvested a bumper crop this season. However, incessant rains in the last month caused a loss to the tune of 20 percent. According to the Meteorological Department, Jammu and Kashmir has recorded exceptionally high rainfall in May, making it one of the wettest months in the past decade. Losses could mount if it rains continue for more days.
Strawberries, one of the first cash crops of the horticulture sector of Jammu and Kashmir, are currently harvested in Dara, and Gusoo areas on the outskirts of Srinagar besides other neighboring districts. Given the huge profit margin, many farmers over the years have shifted from vegetable farming to strawberries in Kashmir.