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Kashmir apple: Helpline set up for farmers amod COVID-19

Last Updated on April 24, 2020 at 9:13 am

SRINAGAR: To facilitate Kashmir apple farmers Department of Horticulture Kashmir has launched Helpline numbers where senior officers of the Department have been designated to provide guidance pertaining to the horticultural activities during COVID-19 lockdown.

The main focus of launching the Helpline is to make sure that in Kashmir, apple farmers can access credible and accurate information regarding different field crops, schedule of spray of tree oil, field operations and other horticultural activities on ground.

The helpline numbers are Deputy Director Horticulture directorate Javid Ahmad 9622623996, Chief Horticulture Officer (CHO) Ganderbal Manzoor Ahmad 9419025330, CHO Baramulla Zahoor Ahmad 7006524304, CHO Shopian Mohammad Yousuf 7051585438, CHO Pulwama Rakesh Kumar 7889403879, CHO Bandipora Mohammad Ramzan 7006451322, CHO Srinagar Chaman Lal Sharma 7006096039, CHO Kupwara Farooq Ahmad 9596037070, CHO Anantnag Roshan Din Dar 7006349858, CHO Kulgam Mushtaq Ahmad 9622032640 and DHO Budgam Altaf Maldiyal 7006499253.

While the remainder of the world is examining the coronavirus pandemic and the conceivable financial log jam because of it, Jammu and Kashmir is getting ready for one more lockdown and this time it is due to an ailment.

The coronavirus pandemic has caused alarm in Jammu and Kashmir, as it implies another spell of closures. For an economy that has just fell, the progressing shutdown can end any expectations of a financial revival.

The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) has said that organizations had endured misfortunes of about Rs 18,000 crore because of the clampdown following the annulment of Article 370.

“We have suffered severe losses due to repeated lockdowns in the past and there is a requirement for capital mixture. Our endurance is exclusively reliant on the recovery of economy,” Sheik Aashiq, leader of KCCI, said.

In Kashmir, apple growers were already going away from cultivation of world famous Ambri apple that takes a lot of effort with low density of fruit on trees.