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DG Horticulture visits hail storm affected villages of Kupwara, asses loss

Bhat Danish

Kupwara: Director General Horticulture Kashmir,Ajaz Ahmad Bhat
today paid visit to various hail affected areas of the District Kupwara to assess the loss. The Director General was accompanied
by DDC member Advocate Ulfat, BDC Chairperson Mr. Azad Ahmad Mir, Chief horticulture Officer Kupwara Tehsildar concerned and other officers of the Department. The team visited the worest hit
villages of horticulture zone Kralpora and Vilgam including Rawathpora, Panzgam, Kalmoona, Panchkoot, Manzgam,
Sharekoot, Amargarh, Batpora.
Speaking on the occasion Director General said that his concerns and sympathies are with orchardists who had suffered
terribly from hail storm on 03.10.2021. He also assured that the matter will be taken up with the Government and due compensation as
admissible under SDRF will be provided. He further advised that farmers should shift towards HD cultivation as the same has protection against Hailstorm in form of anti-hail net. He further assured that the Government is committed to bring the fruit
cultivation under Fasal Bima Yojna so that the farmers are well compensated and their incomes are stabilized. PRI members and
orchardists of the area also demanded that the KCC loan of the affected orchardists should be waived off. Replying to that DG
Horticulture assured that the matter will be taken up with the Government.

Later DG Horticulture met Deputy Commissioner Kupwara,
who assured that a joint survey of the affected area will conducted
jointly by the revenue and horticulture Department.