Gangtok: The hailstorm that lashed Sikkim
on April 27 has caused extensive damage to crops, especially
kharif, affecting about 3,000 families, Horticulture and Cash
Crops Development department said on Tuesday.
The department held two consecutive meetings on April 29
and 30 to review the progress of various schemes and modify
strategies for development programmes.
It has been decided to immediately provide vegetable
seeds and other logistic support to salvage the situation,
besides providing UV film to repair the damaged greenhouse (a
structure in which temperature and humidity can be controlled
for the cultivation or protection of plants), the department
stated in a release.
The total damage includes standing bulbs which could have
yielded up to Rs 50,000.
This storm has caused a major setback to the advancement
of horticulture, which had emerged as the single most viable
option for rural prosperity, it said.