Hail damages crops in parts of North Kashmir

High-speed winds followed by a hailstorm on Thursday caused extensive damage to orchards, including apple, almond, walnut trees, as well as standing crops, vegetables and young paddy shoots in various parts of northern Kashmir.

Reports say the massive hailstorm has wreaked havoc in many parts of northern Kashmir including Rafiabad, Qazigund, Mawer and other parts of Kupwara district.

According to the officials of the horticulture department, the hailstorm has widely affected the region, such as Qaziabad, Mawer, Rafiabad, damaging orchards and standing crops.

Reports say the hailstorm started around 5:00 p.m. in Mawer villages which include Lawoosa, Yahama, Mawer Bala, Sanzipora, Lach, Audoora, Chontipora and Drangsoo Shahnagri and neighboring villages.

Expressing their grief, the farmers said they had invested a huge amount of money in sowing high-yielding vegetable seeds, but the hailstorm destroyed their entire fields.

Speaking in Rising Kashmir, the apple orchards, which were cultivated at an early stage, suffered massive damage resulting in heavy loss of fruit.

Farmers in the affected areas claim that “the addition of high intensity hail, stormy winds and heavy rain destroyed almost the entire apple crop in at least a dozen villages in these affected areas, resulting that the apple crop is devastated with the apprehension of losses of crores of rupees.

Meanwhile, DDC Mawer Khursheed Ahmad Dar has urged Lt. Governor Monoj Sinha to direct the relevant department to access the loss in these areas and compensate affected farmers.

He said that over the past four years, farmers in these areas have suffered greatly due to consecutive hailstorms.

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