SRINAGAR, JUNE 09: Expressing concern over the damage to the standing crops and fruits due to recent hailstorm in north Kashmir, the Minister for Horticulture, Hajj & Auqaf, Mr. Abdul Rehman Veeri today directed the concerned authorities to rush joint teams of revenue and horticulture department officials to the affected areas for assessment of losses in the area.
He observed that our orchards need a complete makeover so that both crop yield and quality of fruit match the standard benchmarks.
Referring to the huge damage suffered by the horticulture sector in last year’s floods, the Minister said an effective mechanism has to be worked out for providing weather-based crop insurance, in particular to apple orchardists, so that some sort of financial security and risk cover is extended to them. He said that the insurance scheme for fruit growers will also cater to the losses suffered on account of hailstorm.
The Minister said that under the new insurance scheme, the Government envisages to cover 70% of the total area under apple cultivation.