J&K strawberry growers suffer huge losses due to bad weather
The recent adverse weather condition and intermittent rainfall has hit the strawberry produce and growers have incurred over 30 per cent loss. SRINAGAR: The recent adverse weather condition and intermittent rainfall has hit the strawberry produce and growers have incurred over 30 per cent loss.
Strawberry harvest has started in Kashmir and the growers are busy in packaging it for local and outside markets. Manzoor Ahmad, a strawberry grower from Gaasu, Khimber area in outskirts of Srinagar said strawberry is the first fruit that grows after harsh winter months in Kashmir. Due to freaky weather conditions and untimely rainfall recently, the strawberry growers have suffered huge losses.
“We have suffered about 30 per cent losses as inclement weather caused damage to the crop,” he said. Gassu village is also known as the ‘Strawberry village’, where farmers cultivate strawberries every year. Manzoor said had there been no untimely rains, the strawberry production could have been bumper this year. About 75 hectares of land in Kashmir is under strawberry cultivation and about 350 to 400 metric tonnes of strawberry is produced in the Valley annually.The strawberry has recently emerged as a cash crop in Kashmir. (THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS)