By ISHFAQ RESHI
BUDGAM: The latest snowfall in the Kashmir valley has caused massive damage to the fruit trees in central district Budgam. Fruit growers say that the damage has created anxiety among them.
Many apple trees can be seen uprooted or with broken branches. The snowfall has also washed off pesticides which the orchardists had sprayed during the recent suny days.
Abdul Samad a fruit grower of Larkipora said that the latest snowfall dashed his expectations of a good harvest in the coming season. “The government should immediately depute a team to assess the damages to the fruit trees due to snowfall,” he demanded. He said that a number of trees were badly damaged due to snow.
Similar complaints have been pouring in from Khag, Arizal, Beerwah, Lokipora, Sharan, Gund, Nasarpora, Charar-e- Shrief and some areas of Khansahab.
One of the fruit growers hailing from Khag area told Kashmir Reader that he had sprayed requisite oils oils to the orchards to prevent them from diseases but the snowfall lessened the efficacy of the spray.