Kulgam – A heavy hailstorm wreaked havoc on orchards in several villages of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Friday.
Locals said that on Friday afternoon, winds, hailstorm coupled with rains damaged fruit and vegetable crop in different villages of Kulgam including Churat, Pahloo, Sopat and Devsar.
The assessment of the total damage was not known immediately. However, locals said that orchards suffered heavy damage.
“This year, we expected a good crop but the hail and windstorm not only dashed our hopes but also left the orchardists in desperation,” said a local farmer.
The locals have demanded adequate compensation from the government and district authorities for their losses.
Meanwhile, Chief Horticulture Officer Kulgam, Mohammad Iqbal, said that there is no need to worry as his department has already set up a control room for farmers where they can call on number 6005955575 and get advice from agricultural experts on what kind of sprays they need to get good quality of fruit and vegetables. (KNO)