SRINAGAR: Minister for roads and buildings, Abdul Rehman Veeri informed the House that Prime Minister’s Fasal Bima Yojana which has been introduced at the national level will also be introduced in J&K. He said the government is contemplating to cover the horticulture sector under the Yojana considering fluctuation of season’s mood.
Veeri said that when entire India is experiencing climatic changes due to global warming, Jammu and Kashmir State is no exception. He said that the state has been witnessing extreme climatic changes during winter as well as in summer.
Replying to a Calling Attention Notice by MY Tarigami regarding heavy losses suffered by fruit growers in Anantnag, Kulgam, Kupwara districts and other parts of the valley including Shopian, Pulwama, Budgam, Ganderwal and Bandipora districts due to recent devastating hailstorms, Veeri said that during early 2016, the temperature in the valley rose un-precedently as a result of which there was early flowering of various fruits trees. After sometime temperature again dipped and it adversely affected flowering of trees, Minister added.
The minister said that North Kashmir experienced hailstorm on May 11, 2016 while South Kashmir on 14th, 15th and 23rd of the instant month. He said teams from horticulture department were deputed for assessment of losses to fruit orchards in to affected areas after the hailstorm.
Team assigned the job to assess loss occurred to fruits had submitted their report. The Minister informed.