JKPM concerned over losses to farmers, orchardists in Bandipora, Lolab

Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement leader Iqbal Rather has expressed concern over huge losses caused to paddy crop in Ajas area of Bandipora district due to incessant rains and flash floods during last two days.

According to a statement, he has urged the governor administration to assess the quantum of damage immediately and provide ex-gratia relief to the affected farmers.

Rather said that a vast area under paddy cultivation in various areas of Ajas, Bandipora has got totally submerged due to incessant rains, causing massive damage to the paddy crop.

Demanding adequate Ex-gratia relief and compensation in favour of the affected families, JKPM leader enjoined upon the district administration Bandipora to depute joint teams of revenue, agriculture, relief and rehabilitation departments to the affected areas to assess the quantum of losses caused due to the flash floods in the area.

“Scores of Kannals of land got submerged under flood water in the Ajas area which has caused panic among the farmers,” Iqbal Rather said while demanding relief to the affected families whose livelihood has been critically hit by the flood waters.

Meanwhile JKPM executive member FerozWani has called for immediate assessment of the crop damage caused due to severe hailstorm in various areas of Lolab Constituency including NagsaraiKalaroos, Surigam and Khurhama.

“There has been massive damage to crops and fruit trees in Lolab and farmers are in distress. Government should send teams for immediate assessment of the damages and grant of compensation”, he added.