ollowing rains and stormy winds, hailstorm hits different parts of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district inflicting large-scale damage to fruit industry by hammering down blossoming apple orchards, vegetable fields and other fruits.
The fruit industry suffered another jolt as the speedy hailstorm lashed horticulture rich areas of Sangrama and Delina and badly damaged fruit orchards in leaving the farmer community high and dry.
“Hammering relentlessly for about 10 minutes in many areas, the hailstorm left about a layer of white icy stones on the ground. Blossoming fruit orchards and vegetables suffered extensive damage due to the hailstorm,” said an orchardist Altaf Ahmad of Sangrama.
Amid Covid-19 pendimic crises, famers and apple growers have suffered extensive damaged orchards and other crops adding to woes of already distressed farmers and growers.