Jammu and Kashmir: Apple growers expecting bumper harvest this year
Srinagar: Apple growers in Jammu and Kashmir are expecting to see a good harvest of the fruit this year due to heavy snowfall and moderate temperature in those areas where these apples are grown.
A good snowfall coupled with moderate temperature and other favorable conditions in the valley is expected to result in a bumper crop of apples this year. Apples are grown in Kashmir valley in 1.25 Lakh hectare of land and the total production is almost 20 Lakhs metric tonnes, reports ANI.
Speaking to ANI, Director-General of Horticulture, Kashmir, Ajaz Ahmad Bhat said, "Snowfall is a good omen for apples and they are thankful for almighty that this snowfall has occurred as it will help the production and also growers should take precautions measures so that no disease is on apples."
He also said that the department is also sampling all the pesticides across Kashmir valley so that no orchards are damaged by any pesticides.
Local apple grower Mudasir told ANI that February snowfall is beneficial for apples and if this snowfall had not happened it could have created many problems for them.