Hailstorm wrecks havoc in Kulgam

Kulgam, May 1: The sudden hail storm on Wednesday damaged huge stretches of orchids and other crops in dozens of villages in Kulgam district.
According to the villagers the hail storm was of huge magnitude as almost it covered the fields and remained for few hours.
Those villages where orchids and crops got damaged include Noorabad, Nehama, Pathipora, Rambhama, Harvath and Kokherhama.
The villagers said that the hail storm has inflicted heavy damage on the fruit trees and other crops.
The villagers said that earlier also they have suffered because of heavy snowfall and even after the assessment of damages they have not received any compensation from the government.
The villagers appealed DC Kulgam to visit the damaged orchids and direct the concerned officials to prepare the assessment report of the damages.
Meanwhile, CPI (M) senior leader and former MLA Kulgam, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami Wednesday expressed concern over the heavy damage caused to orchards due to hailstorm in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
Tarigami in a statement issued to press called for a comprehensive compensation for farmers and orchardists who suffered extensive damages due to hailstorm that wrecked havoc in Kulgam district this afternoon.
He also urged government to assess the damages immediately so that the orchardists will not suffer yet again.
Tarigami said, earlier in November last year, the orchardists also suffered a huge loss due to early snowfall following which the government announced meager compensation to them, which was also not provided to every affected farmer or orchardist.
The former MLA Kulgam also questioned over the non-implementation of Crop Insurance Scheme, saying that the farmers and orchardists will heave a sigh of relief if the scheme will be implemented. He also added that the scheme has been implemented in some areas of Jammu region but is yet to be implemented in Kashmir areas.
He also said that the scheme will also save the fruit growers and agriculturists in the event of losses suffered due to natural calamities.