Horticulture Department is working on the loss assessment of the damaged apple crops and trees due to untimely snow of November 3 and will come up consolidated figures in next two-three days.
Director horticulture, Kashmir, Manzoor Qadri told Greater Kashmir that officials of the department are out in the field collecting information and assessing the losses.
"It is too early to come out with a loss figure. We are ascertaining the facts and will provide all the details in next two-three days after individual losses are consolidated," Qadir said.
Speaking with Greater Kashmir, Manzoor Qadri, Director Horticulture said the official loss assessment figures will be ascertained in next two-three days after individual losses are consolidated.
Horticulture department has sent its officials and ground staff to snow affected apple growing belts in south, north and central Kashmir including Shopian, Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam, Baramulla, Sopore, Ganderbal, Charar-e-Sharief, who are assessing the losses and are telling the dos and dont's to growers whose orchards have been affected.
Qadri said the horticulture and KVK officials are constantly informing growers about technicalities which could help them overcome further losses. "The department and KVK's have an important role to play in disseminating information among farmers for getting into the damage control mode," said Qadri.
Meanwhile Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Kashmir on Monday issued an advisory for orchardists.
The advisory which has issued several dos and don'ts for farmers has asked them to ensure proper drainage in the orchards.
"Drain out excess water from the orchards by making drainage channels. Partially uprooted trees should be slowly pulled back to the original position to reduce root damage. For bigger trees, branches may be pruned and staking of the main trunks done to prevent further fall or movement," reads the advisory. The advisory says if the fruit trees have been tilted, "reduce the canopy load by pruning and provide proper support to the plants," reads the advisory.
The SKUAST advisory which has been issued on electronic media also says if the top portion of the tree is broken, growers must slantingly cut the damaged branch 2-3 inches below the broken point and apply bordeaux or chaubatia paste on the cut surface. "If any scaffold branch is broken and bark is still intact, bring the branch to the original position by tying with a rope and/or using stainless steel nails. Ensure that the union remains tight and apply Bordeaux/Chaubatia paste on the cut surface," read the advisory.