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India - Deficit rainfall threatens crop damage

The rainfall deficit and hot weather conditions in the Valley have made the farmers and the orchard owners a worrying lot. After witnessing two-season back-to-back huge losses due to untimely snow in November 2018 and 2019, the growers were hopeful that this season their condition may change.

“But the continued dry spell has become a major worry for us,” the growers said.

Abdul Majid Wani, a saffron grower from Pampore said the peak harvest season of saffron shall begin October end. “I can only pray that there is sufficient rainfall.”

Farmers said that corn, pulses, paddy, vegetables and other farm produce have taken a major hit.