Orchards suffer loss in Budgam

Orchards suffer loss in Budgam

Ishfaq Reshi  
Budgam: The fresh rains and snowfall have damaged the blossom of the fruit trees in orchards causing anxiety among the orchardists of central Kashmiris Budgam district.
The orchardists told Kashmir reader that the early varieties of fruits like cherry, plum, peach, apricot and almonds were in full bloom making a beautiful site in orchards. “But the unexpected snowfall, stormy winds and hailstorm have resulted in the considerable dip in temperature and fall of flower bloom from the fruit trees,” they said.
Fruit growers while apprehending losses to the fruit growers have appealed to the concerned authorities to access the damage to the orchards.
Mohammad Ramzan a fruit grower told Kashmir Reader that he owns a cherry that has suffered massive loss. He said several cherry trees have been uprooted while many others suffered damage. The apple orchards have also faced the brunt of snowfall.
“We were expecting good returns this year to compensate previous losses but incessant rains have dashed our hopes,” he said.
“We appeal Chief Minister and Horticulture Minister of State for immediate assessment of losses of fruit orchards of district suffered due to inclement weather.

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