Hailstorm takes toll on apple crop in South Kashmir

KHALID GUL

Islamabad (Anantnag), May 14: Hailstorm which hit this South Kashmir district Monday evening has taken heavy toll on fruit industry here.
 At least 30 villages have been affected with growers incurring losses worth tens of millions of rupees in both Dochnipora and Khuwripora belts of Pahalgam.
 The hailstorm also hit dozens of villages in Shangus area of the district causing damage to the fruit.
 Pertinently, the hailstorm has hit the area at a time when the apple crop is in its initial stage.
 “The losses are huge. Preliminary assessment has revealed losses to the apple blossoms ranging from 20 per cent to as high as 50 per cent in certain areas,” District Horticulture Officer, Islamabad, Muhammad  Yasin Malik said.
 The worst hit villages are in Dochnipora and Khuwripora belts of Pahalgam according to the reports have been Baghwani, Sallar, Kullar, Walerhama, Liver, Wajora, Khayar, Hapatnar, Shumal, Logripora, Aishmuqam, Aaynoo, Tulhar, Manzigam and Nowgam. “In these areas the extent of damage is about 50 per cent,” said Malik
 He said that many other villages have suffered partial damage.  “Our team today visited the villages to assess the quantum of loss and a report will soon be prepared,” Malik said.
 Meanwhile, the hailstorm has also hit Chatergul area of Shangus causing heavy losses to the fruit industry. “Dozens of villages have been hit by the overnight hailstorm,” reports said.
 The quantum of damage, reports said is yet to be carried.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 14 May 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 14 May 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 15 May 2013 00:00:00 IST




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