Fruit growers cheer improvement in weather

Improvement in weather on Thursday gave sulking fruit growers a reason to cheer as they could transport their harvested produce to outside markets or cold stores locally.
Fruit growers cheer improvement in weather
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Improvement in weather on Thursday gave sulking fruit growers a reason to cheer as they could transport their harvested produce to outside markets or cold stores locally.

Chairman All Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers Union Bashir Ahmad Basheer said that due to rain and snow in some places, farmers had not been able to lift fruits from orchards. He said that because of snow, even losses to the crop couldn't be ascertained in some areas.

"But after improvement in weather fruit growers can export whatever stock is left undamaged to outside markets," Basheer said.

The director Met department said rain and snow occurred in higher reaches of the Valley during the past 24 hours, but weather will remain dry till November 21 and day temperature is likely to rise.

Fresh snowfall occurred in Sonamarg, Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Peer Ki Gali, Drass, Gurez and other mountainous areas of the state while light rains lashed the plains.

Kargil continued to be the coldest in the state with the minimum temperature of minus 6.8 degrees Celsius. Leh town recorded minus 2.8 degrees Celsius as the minimum temperature.

The night's lowest temperatures were 3.3 in Srinagar, minus 3 in Pahalgam and minus 4 in Gulmarg

However, though the weather has improved, Mughal Road and Sonamarg-Leh road remained closed for traffic.

According to superintendent of traffic police (rural) Muzaffar Ahmad Shah Jammu to Srinagar traffic was allowed.

"On Friday, there will be Srinagar-Jammu traffic," he said.

The Sonamarg-Leh road was closed Monday afternoon as a precautionary measure following fresh snowfall.

Shah said that a few inches of snow have accumulated along Zojila Pass and few avalanches have taken place on the road.

"It will take two to three days to clear the road," he said.

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