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Hailstorm hits 25 villages in Kashmir

Twentyfive villages of Tangmarg Tehsil of north Kashmir district of Baramulla were hit by hailstorm on Thursday, an official spokesman said on Saturday.



An official spokesman on Saturday as per preliminary survey said that80 to 100 per cent crops have been damaged which included paddy crop on 800 hectares of land, maize and fruits on 200 hectares.

Jammu and Kashmir Industries and Commerce minister, Mustafa Kamal along with senior officers of the revenue, horticulture and agriculture departments on Saturday visited affected villages in Tangmarg and took stock of the quantum of damage caused to standing crops, fruits and vegetables.

He asked the officers to prepare a contingency plan for providing relief to farmers keeping in view the damage to fruit production next year as the hails have destroyed fruit buds and thus these plants can not yield full production next year.

Kamal instructed officers of agriculture department to provide sorghum fodder seeds to affected farmers free of cost so that they can sow it as an alternative to damaged crops.

Report: Zeenext Bureau

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