Changing climate damages apple crop in Haldwani

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Haldwani (Uttarakhand), July 13 (ANI): The apple crop has been damaged in Haldwani in Uttarakhand owing to poor climatic conditions.

"The crop has been totally damaged. Though the crop yield was good but because of the hailstorm, the produce got damaged. And even because of the rising heat the crop yield was less as compared to previous years'," said Prayag Bisht, an apple orchard owner.

With the temperature rising up two to three degrees centigrade as compared to the normal one, the situation has taken a turn for the worse.

As the fruiting was good, the farmers expected a good crop yield. But a hailstorm destroyed the apple crop, leaving them small in size and tasteless.

"Because of the hailstorm the crops were damaged. The actual reason for the damaged crop yield is less rainfall and rising temperature, because of which the size of the apple has decreased and they have become tasteless. The farmers are not getting enough returns for the crop," said Kamal Joshi, a forest development officer in Nainital District. (ANI)

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