DG Horticulture visits Baramulla and takes stock of hail damage to orchards

SRINAGAR: Kashmir Director of Horticulture, Ajaz Bhat on Thursday visited various parts of Baramulla district including Sherpora, Mamoosa, Kanloo, Babagund, Sari, Nehalpora, LalporaKunzer, LalporaTangmarg, Dobiwan, Pinjoora etc.

Visit of the DG Horticulture to Baramulla to take stock of the damage caused to orchards by hail

He was accompanied by Director of Horticulture Baramulla and other field officers from the department.

Relevant to mention that last night a hailstorm occurred in various parts of the valley, but its severity was not very severe in other districts.

On this occasion, DG expressed his sympathy to the affected fruit growers. Referring to the extent of the damage, he said around 20-25% damage occurred in these areas. He advised arborists not to panic as he is still in the recovery phase.

He added that special teams have been formed in the affected districts to assess the damage.

Meanwhile, arborists in affected areas have been urged to follow recommendations such that orchards are immediately sprayed with one of these fungicides (per 100 liters of water)

Zineb 68% + Hexaconazole 4% 72 WP (100 g) or Metiram 55% + Pyraclostrobin 5% 60 WG (100 g) or Mancozeb 75 WP (300g) or Zineb 75 WP (300 g) or Zineb 75 WP (300 g) .

In addition to these, orchards can be sprayed with 0.2% urea (200 g per 100 liters of water).

Also, maintain proper orchard sanitation and remove fallen fruit and leaves from the orchard.

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