A 5000 crore crisis looms over Himachal fruit industry
Climate Change is taking a toll on overall Himachal’s fruit productivity, and prolonged winter clouds, hailstorms, haunts Himachal Pradesh apple industry.
SHIMLA- Unseasonal rain and temperature difference will hit Himachal’s five lakh fruit growers and cultivators. The industry will cause a 5000 cror financial crisis as horticulture makes a big part of the State economy.
Other than the damage caused by hailstorms and heavy rains, chances that fruit size will be smaller this time are high, if the rains continue. Also, it was flowering time for orchards, and that adds more to the agony of cultivators. The absence of sprays of micronutrients, pesticides and fungicide on the apple tress owing to continuous rains has left the crop vulnerable to damage.
Rainfall was 81 percent higher in March in the state than the normal 104.8 mm. It was the highest during this period since 2007.Shimla district, which alone accounts for 80 percent of the total apple production, experienced 81 percent excess rain in March.
In March, the state witnessed hailstorms four times which caused lots of damage to the standing crops and fruit-bearing trees. A total loss of Rs 30.04 crore has been estimated in agricultural crops and damage to horticulture crops was around to the tune of Rs 18 crore.
With Inputs From IANS/TNN/Jagran