Climate change hit quality of fruit crop in Kashmir

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Climate change, which is a long-term shift in patterns of temperature and weather, has affected the quality and even quantity of the fruit crop in Kashmir, experts said.

As per a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO), due to the heat wave, the farmers whose livelihood is dependent on horticulture are very much worried as they are unable to understand what to do at what time.

Experts believe that the effects of climate change are likely to increase in the coming time and there is a need to take adaptability measures to lower the effect of climate change.

Dr. Aamir Hussian Bhat, a lecturer of Environmental Science at GDC Hadipora Baramulla told KNO that due to climate change the chances of damage to crops due to untimely snowfall, hailstorms, cloudbursts, and heavy rains have increased thereby affecting the crop.

He said that Kashmir, being a mountainous area, is vulnerable and climate change had created instability as nothing follows any symmetrical pattern and we are witnessing everything going in a reverse manner here as we see weather of winter of summer and vice versa.

He said that people are themselves responsible for it as they are resorted to illegal mining, cutting down forests and other things which in turn has resulted in climate change which is affecting our crops and fruits.

Dr Tariq Rasool Assistant Professor of Fruit Pathology SKUAST told KNO that everything has both positive and negative impacts and the spring and summer seasons are vital for apple.

If spring will be wetter, chances of scabs remain high and the market of apples remains down and if spring remains dry, chances of scabs and other diseases remain less he said, adding that if the weather remains wet in summer, it leads to Alternaria, especially in low altitude areas which affects fruit quality while if it remains dry fruit quality gets disturbed but chances of diseases remains less but it increases insect population.

He said that drip irrigation facilities in dry weather conditions besides mulching can prove fruitful for growers. (KNO)

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