Dir Horticulture, Agriculture visit hailstorm affected parts of north Kashmir to ascertain losses

 Kupwara May 26 (KNS): Promptly responding to the situation arose due to hailstorm, Director Horticulture and Director Agriculture on Friday visited north Kashmir villages to assess losses.

The officers during their visit addressed the concerns of farmers and orchardists and urged them to adhere to advisories issued by the department amid unfavorable weather.

Director Horticulture Kashmir, Ghulam Rasool Mir and Director Agriculture Kashmir, Mohammad Iqbal Chowdhary visited several villages of north Kashmir which includes Kupwara, Handwara, Langate, and Rafiabad and ascertained the post-hailstorm situation.
“I along with my officers paid visit to several villages of Kupwara where the recent hailstorm has wrecked havoc and caused severe damages to orchardists,” Director Horticulture Ghulam Rasool Mir told KNS.

He admitted that in Trehgam hamlet of Kupwara the orchardists have suffered 70 percent damage while as in Handwara villages the damage is less than Kupwara.Click Here To Follow Our WhatsApp Channel

“The purpose of the visit is to assess the losses orchards have suffered and provide them on spot directions to the farmers to remain alert in day to come,” he said and directed field officers to educate farmers how to minimize losses and follow the spray of chemicals as per the schedule issued by the department.

Meanwhile Director Agriculture Kashmir, Mohammad Iqbal Chowdhary told KNS that the aim of the visit is to ensure efforts that will compensate losses that farmers suffered in yesterday’s hailstorm.

“In a unified effort to address the crisis, all District Heads and Field Officers have been directed to visit the affected areas to ascertain the damage so that immediate support to affected farmers can be rendered through available possible ways,” Director Agriculture Kashmir said. (KNS)

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