Hailstorm damages fruit crop in Shopian

Srinagar, May 10 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, apple and many other fruit crop suffered massive damage due to an intense hailstorm in several villages of south Kashmir’s Shopian district.

Scores of villages including Kapran, Vehil, Check Nowgam, Check Kachdoora, Kanjiullar, Dangam, Wangam and Pandushan received hailstorm on Sunday afternoon that caused severe damage to apple, cherry, apricot and peach fruits.

Fruit growers from Check Nowgam and Check Kachdora said that the hailstorm damaged more than 50 percent of the fruits on the trees in these villages.

“The pellets of hail, which continued to shower for around 15 minutes stripped the apple cherry and apricot trees of their leaves and fruits,” said an orchard owner from Check Nowgam. He said that the hailstorm caused 50 to 55 percent damage to the apple and cherry crop.

Adfar Ahmad of Kapran told media that the hailstorm lasted for around 10 minutes in the village, causing at least 20 to 25 percent damage to various horticulture crops.

More or less similar reports poured in from other villages of the district.

As the horticulture is the mainstay of economy for a large chunk of population in the district, the hailstorm has left the affected farmers in great distress.

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