India - Kashmir's embattled apple growers buried by wild weather

Unusually early and heavy snowfall split the trunks of 60 of Dar’s 100 apple trees in November, leading to huge apple – and financial – losses just before the harvest in Shopian, a region known as Kashmir’s apple bowl.

“Even if the climate remains favorable in the years to come, I will get only 40 percent (of the apples) I used to harvest,” lamented the farmer from the village of Hirpora.