Dir Agri orders immediate assessment of hailstorm-affected areas

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SRINAGAR: Director Agriculture Kashmir Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi on Friday visited different hailstorm-affected areas of district Budgam and Baramulla which include the villages of Agrikalan, Kanihama, Goomahmedpora, Magam, Ardina, Hanjibugh, Peth Makhama, etc.
During the visit, he interacted with the affected farmers and ensured them of all possible technical assistance by the department. Andrabi gave on spot instructions to the concerned field officers to take up the impact assessment assignment seriously and to accomplish the entire exercise within three days positively, an official handout read.
Director Agriculture Kashmir also convened an emergency meeting with senior officers of the department to assess the extent of damage caused by Thursday’s strong winds and hailstorm to different crops in several areas of central Kashmir’s Budgam district and north Kashmir’s Baramulla and Kupwara districts.
He directed the chief agriculture officers of concerned districts to depute their teams to these areas to assess the damage caused by hailstorm on Thursday.
Field officers have been asked to conduct a detailed assessment of the losses and the chief agriculture officers concerned have been asked to furnish crop and area-wise damage report within three days, read the handout.
“Every affected village should be visited, the losses should be documented and a report must be filed within set time,” Andrabi said adding that hailstorm is a natural phenomenon and crops could not be saved from it, however, the department was committed to submit damage assessment report to the government.
He directed Joint Director Agriculture extension to personally monitor the entire exercise of assessment of the losses and to ensure that all the set norms were being adopted during the assessment procedures, the handout added.

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