Losses suffered by apple growers:Horti, revenue depts to conduct fresh assessment of damages
Srinagar, Dec 14:
Horticulture department has tied-up with revenue department to conduct “in
depth” assessment of damages caused to the apple orchards due to the snowfall
on November 7.
sector bore the major brunt of November 7 snowfall, which left a trail of death
and destruction in Kashmir. At least
seven people lost their lives.
assessment conducted by the horticulture department revealed that 30 per cent of
orchards suffered damages due to the snowfall.
Horticulture department has now tied up with revenue department to get a
precise data about damage.
Kashmir is a very vast field and it wasn’t possible to get an exact figure of
damage in shortest possible time. So the department is now conducting orchard
to orchard assessment, which is going to take some more time,” Javed Ahmad
Bhat, Deputy Director Horticulture department, told The Kashmir Monitor.
Bhat said Chief
Horticulture Officers (CHOs) have been given responsibility to conduct damage
assessment exercise with revenue department officials.
will conduct a very technical assessment. They will see how much damage is
caused to orchards. Special focus will be on the chances of survival of the
damaged tree. Similarly, revenue department officials will record the financial
loss,” Bhat said.
the assessment, J&K government will formally approach Centre to seek
compensation for orchardists.
“Administration has raised the issue with Centre which has given us full
assurance for compensation,” he said.
According to the
Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers cum Dealers Union (KVFG), an umbrella body of all
fruit associations of Kashmir, 80 percent of fruit trees were uprooted due to
the untimely heavy snowfall.
have suffered about 90 percent damages. It would take at least 15 years for
growers to find replacement for uprooted trees,” KVFG President Bashir Ahmad
compensation, fruit growers have demanded free supply of pesticides,
insecticides, fungicides and fertilizers for five years.
Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, directed district development commissioners
to ensure completion of the assessment of loss occurred to orchards due to