Billions of loss to apple crop in IOK floods: Report
New Delhi, September 21, 2014 (PPI-OT): Floods have washed out Kashmir apple’s crop worth Rs 1,000 crore leaving a devastating impact on growers and the collateral damage for the consumers who should be prepared to pay high prices in the coming festival and rest of the winter season, said in a report released in New Delhi. The worst-hit districts of Baramulla, Kupwara and Pulwama are the largest producers of apples and extensive damage has been reported there, the report reveals.
“Horticultural production contributes about 50% of the Rs 2,000 crore agricultural production involving 30 lakh people. Apple production accounts for 86% by value of the territory’s horticultural output”, points out the report. The wholesale market organizers in Delhi are projecting more than 60 per cent fall in the quantity of apples from Kashmir in the entire season, it adds.
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