JK: Thousands of fruit trees damaged

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Srinagar, Nov 15: Thousands of fruits and other trees suffered a massive damage due to heavy snowfall, experienced in the Kashmir Valley after more than two decades during this period of the season.

Maharaji and Chamora apples, still on trees in many areas, also suffered damage due to unexpected snowfall. Fruit growers complained that they suffered heavy losses due to snowfall. Official sources said most affected areas were in south Kashmir, particularly Shopian, where snow had damaged fruit and other trees.

The fruit growers had yet to cut the branches of trees which was normally being done during the last week of November every year.

Abdul Rashid, a fruit grower of Shopian said he and other farmers had yet to pluck the Maharaji and Chamora apples from trees.

He demanded that government should immediately depute a team of experts to assess the damage caused to fruit trees due to snowfall.

Mr Rashid said a number of trees were uprooted due to snow.

Similar complaints were also received from Pulwama, Charar-e- Shrief, Sopore and Tral where one to two feet of snowfall was recorded.

The fruit growers said the industry has suffered heavy losses due to the two-month-long Shri Amarnath land row, when they could not send fruits outside the valley.

Though the state government had assured compensation, but so far no assessment was made to losses suffered by the fruit growers, they said.


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