Poultry farmers losing out to high costs, low product rates

Poultry farmers losing out to high costs, low product rates

SHOPIAN: Poultry farmers in the industrial estate of Lasipora in southern Kashmir’s Pulwama district are up in arms against government apathy. With hundreds of workers left jobless, they say, due to the attitude of the authorities, the farmers are now demanding fixed market rate for their product and lower rates of feed and hatch . […]

Key Shopian-Pulwama link road unmacadamised ‘for a decade’

Key Shopian-Pulwama link road unmacadamised ‘for a decade’

SHOPIAN: The Tukroo-Panjar road, a vital link connecting dozens of villages in Shopian with district Pulwama and vice versa, is in shambles. Locals allege that the road has not been macadamised in more than a decade. Inhabitants from Tukroo, Panjar, Daramdoor and neighbouring villages allege that authorities are taking a step-motherly attitude in not developing […]

Backbone of Kashmiri economy, apple’s sluggish rates this time breaking orchardists’ backs

Backbone of Kashmiri economy, apple’s sluggish rates this time breaking orchardists’ backs

SHOPIAN: The valley’s apple growers this year have seen their market’s lowest rates in a decade. Experts present many possibe reasons for the losses to orchardists and the horticulture sector, yet all concur that the Kashmiri apple, the best in the world, has lost market because of mismanagement and government negligence. The bumper crop in […]

Govt attention needed to save ‘Mutton Potato’ of Hirpora

Govt attention needed to save ‘Mutton Potato’ of Hirpora

SHOPIAN: Why can’t the government revive the famous but nearly extinct Hirpora Red (Kheera) potato, despite having agricultural research centres and universities like Sher-i-Kashmir Agriculture University of Science and technology (SKAUST)? The famous Hirpora Red potato which now is rarely seen in the area is suffering from government neglect, say farmers in Hirpora. Potato growers […]