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Posted at: Nov 9, 2018, 12:06 AM; last updated: Nov 9, 2018, 12:06 AM (IST)

Ganai inspects damaged orchards in Anantnag

Snowfall impact

  • 21 'kachha' houses and 71 'pucca' houses damaged partially
  • 6,000 hectares of the 20,000 hectares under fresh plantation damaged
  • 15 lakh trees damaged
Ganai inspects damaged orchards in Anantnag
Adviser Khurshid Ganai (extreme right) in Anantnag.. Tribune photo

Srinagar, November 8

Khurshid Ganai, Adviser to the Governor, on Thursday inspected orchards damaged in the recent snowfall in Cheniwadder and Khiram areas of Anantnag district of south Kashmir.

Many orchardists urged Ganai to order the revenue and horticulture departments to assess losses suffered by them. They also demanded exemption of interest on Kisan Credit Card loans.

The Adviser assured them that he would seek all possible help from the higher authorities for early compensation to the affected growers.

Ganai was accompanied by Vice Chancellor, SKUAST, Nazir Ahmad Malik; Director, Horticulture, Manzoor Ahmad Qadri; and other senior officers.

The Adviser directed the officials to complete the 300-kanal Jablipora fruit mandi, which is being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 33 crore. He emphasised upon the importance of the horticulture sector in the state’s economy and assured the growers that every possible support and assistance would be provided for the revival of the horticulture and agriculture sectors.

The Adviser directed the Horticulture Director and Chief Horticulture Officer to deploy scientists and experts to assess the losses, including fruit-bearing capacity and age factors of the partially damaged trees.

District Development Commissioner, Anantnag, Mohammad Younis Malik, informed the meeting about the restoration of basic services. He said there was no shortage of essential commodities in the district and all roads had been cleared. — TNS

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