Heavy rain, snowfall prediction creates fear, anxiety among farmers, fruit growers in Kashmir

People install lights for plucking of apple, threshing of paddy during night hours

Weather Forecast

Baramulla: Fear had gripped among farmers and apple growers after the Meteorological department of Jammu and Kashmir predicted heavy rain and snowfall across Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

Notably, the MeT department has prediction heavy rain and snowfall and asked the farmers and fruit growers to take precautionary measures in view of the weather conditions.

Reports reaching Kashmir News Service (KNS) said that many farmers and apple growers in different parts of the valley are in fear and anxiety as they have not completed the plucking of apples and threshing of Paddy yet.

Talking to KNS, an apple grower from north Kashmir’s Pattan area said that since MET department had predicted heavy rain and snowfall in Kashmir they are living in fear and anxiety as 50 percent of apple are still on trees.

“I’m afraid of heavy loss among if the snowfall hits early as MET has predicted it. We are already in loss and cannot afford more at the moment,” said a fruit grower, Abdul Rehman Mir.

Meanwhile, another farmer, Bilal Ahmed from Tarzoo area of Sopore said that labourers were paid 1000 to 1500 hundred a day for paddy threshing, which has resulted in heavy loss to poor families.

He said that they have installed lights for threshing of paddy now as they were unable to complete it in such a short period of time after weather advisory by MeT department. (KNS)