Hailstorm damage crops in Kulgam villages, orchardists demand compensation

Hailstorm damage crops in Kulgam villages, orchardists demand compensation

KULGAM: The orchardists in this south Kashmir district on Thursday demanded compensation for the hailstorm which damaged horticulture and other crops in the district.
The sudden hailstorm on Wednesday damaged huge stretches of orchids and other crops in around twenty villages in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
The orchardists while pressing for compensation from government said that hailstorm damaged standing crops heavily in the area.
The villages which were affected by the hailstorm include Gopalpora, Nihama, Yaroo, Hazratbal, KB Pora, Bathipora and adjoining villages. The hailstorm according to locals was so high that around six inches of hailstones accumulated on ground. “We have no means except our orchard to have two times of meals and we want government to compensate the affected orchardists so that people would not suffer more,” Ghulam Muhammad, a local from Nihama, said.
The directorate of horticulture Kashmir has advised people to spray Mancozeb 75 WP (300 g per 100 ltr of water) or Propineb 70 WP (300g per 100 ltr of water) or Zineb 75 WP (300g per 100 ltr of water).
The orchardists according to advisory are further advised that after a gap of three days, spray urea @0.2% (200 g per 100 litres of water). Further, the farmers were advised that they can also make spray of Myclobutanil 10wp 50gm per 100 litre and urea 100 g per 100 litre water for hailstorm affected orchards.
Director Horticulture Kashmir, Ajaz Ahmad Bhat on Thursday visited the area to take stock of the damages caused by the hailstorm. Chief Horticulture Officer Kulgam Mushtaq Ahmad, Tehsildar DH Pora Niyaz Ahmad Bhat and other officials of KVK Pombay, accompanied director.
Director, when asked about the compensation to the affected orchardists, said: “We will first assess the damages then we will forward report to the administrative secretary Horticulture for necessary action,” he said.