Sopore: Heavy rainfall and strong winds during Sunday night has badly hit standing crops and fruits in Rafiabad area of north Kashmir.
According to reports dozens of villages of the upper belt of Rafiabad including Pazalpora, Hammam, Markote, Donuwari, Dazna, Karila were affected by the heavy rains followed by windstorm causing a loss of lakhs of rupees to the fruit industry.
Sajad Ahmed, a farmer told Kashmir Reader that rains and windstorm had inflicted a heavy loss on the standing crops and orchards in many areas of Rafiabad belt in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district. However, there was no report of any loss of life, he added.
Agriculture experts and fruit growers in the region said such sudden change in weather is worrisome for the farmers as it knocked down the standing rice crop in several places.
“If the rain or windstorm like this would come again for few hours, about 80% of the Rice crop could face yield loss,” the local farmers added.
A farmer from Pazalpora, Rafiabad, said most of the crop on his two-acre land fell down due to rain and windstorm. “Such weather will reduce the yield by two to three quintal per acre leading to huge losses.
The prediction of heavy rainfall predicted by Weather department has worried farmers and fruit growers too.
Meanwhile affected farmers are optimistic about the offer of relief from the government to compensate their losses.