By Ubaid Jeelani
Srinagar: Nadru growers in Dal lake will are now seeking the help of their counterparts in other lakes to help in rejuvenate the cultivation of Nadru plantation in the lake that was almost wiped out by September 2014 floods.
The growers are also securing some of the areas that have survived the deluge saying that seeds from them have been extracted for re-growing at specific areas.
Dal, according to growers is major source of nadru crop with earnings from it extraction touching several crores annualy.
The growers say that Dal variant of nadru is sold at a good price in the markets and the seeds are propagate in separate zones in lakes called gera carried in the month of March and April. These aquatic plants that grows the lotus develop long tubers in the soft soil beneath that is extracted as nadru which is used in different Kashmir cuisines.
Bashir Ahmad one of the growers at Ashai Bagh told Kashmir Reader that there are less seeds available with us and we now have asked growers in Mansbal, Wullar and Anchar lakes to make them available to us,” he said adding that there are some areas where we are hoping that it will grow again.
The growers told Kashmir Reader process of its growing was controlled by nature, but now they will have to do it manually.
“When Nadru production was in abundance, the pods used to be sold to the customers for eating as they are tasty but now we will try to save them to extract the seeds to rejuvenate this crop,” he added.
Nawaz Bashir, who carries Nadru cultivation said that my family is mainly dependent on this crop .
“We suffered a huge loss and the government did not compensate them, now I have brought seeds on my own from Manasbal as government support is missing,” he told Kashmir Reader.
Altaf Aijaz, former Director Agriculture told Kashmir Reader the department can help the growers in their effort of re-growing their crop agsin..
“We will try to explore all the possibilities where from we can get the quality seeds for revival of Nadru production” he added.
He acknowledged that the September 2014 floods caused a disturbance in the Dal ecosystem and , Nadru production got hit.
A t present vegetable dealers ay that most of the nadru available in the a markets re brought from Jammu and Punjab.
They vegetable dealers say that they are grown by private farmers also who cultivate them in water bodies and ponds there.
These hover are shorter in size that the local varieties that grows to several feet in length.