Unseasonal rains hit production in valley

Srinagar: The unseasonal rains and dip in temperature since March has increased the worries of the farmer community in Valley. Horticulture in Kashmir comprises of 3.5 lakh hectares out of 8.26 lakh hectare of agriculture land in Valley are dependent on agriculture. Agriculture and Horticulture played an important role in the state’s economy. About 70 percent of the population are dependent on agriculture for their livelihood.

The farmers observed that the temperature should be high for pollination of fruit bearing plants. They feared that if the temperature will not increase their production will be affected.

According to the officials the floods in September last year also hit the production by washing away the agriculture produce and cultivated land. The floods affected  nearly 6.48 hectares of agricultural and horticultural land  and decreased the production of food grain to 17.42 lakh metric ton against 20.65 lakh metric ton during 2013-14.

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