Agriculture

Though stagnant, the agriculture is the mainstay of Jammu and Kashmir economy. This section offers detailed narratives of the crops, the practices in the sector, the policy interventions and its importance for a vast population living in semi-urban and rural belts of the state.

Driving Nuts

Water chestnuts harvested from Wullar lake have helped Kashmir survive the worst days in the last 250 years. Considered the best food for diabetics,...

Royal Nuts

For five weeks every fall, Sweet Chestnuts sell roasted on the Srinagar city streets at a cost not matched by any other fruit. Humaira...

Road Disruptions

For two days, Kashmir was restive over the inordinate delay in the passage of apple-laden truck convoys on the ailing old highway. While the...

Kashmir’s Milk Belt

Abundant with nutrient-rich fodder and not far away from Srinagar, the major Kashmir market, a cluster of villages in Pulwama have emerged as key...

Android Orchards

With a lot of machines already involved in the apple growing in pre-harvest and post-harvest, it is the turn of taking information technology to...
A local worker packing apples.

Pests, Ports And Apple

Protests by traders suggesting the Iranian apple imports should be banned to protect the domestic produce may not be a good idea to help...
A local worker packing apples.

Selling Apple

In order to get the best from its apple cart, Jammu and Kashmir invested massively in creating a vast infrastructure in pre and post-harvest....

Shelling The Nut

People in the private and public sectors are working overtime to discover the endless opportunities that Kashmir’s famed walnut offers. If the nut is...

Spiced Up, Finally

After investing almost Rs 450 crore in the last decade in pre and post-harvest, Kashmir’s saffron fields in Pampore are smiling over the purple...

Sapling Success

Two brothers laboured for 15 years in experimental orchards. One day, when they were sure that they will never be regularised, they decided to...

An FMD Outbreak

In the last few months, the foot and mouth disease has killed around 2000 cattle heads in Kashmir alone, Sarmad Dev reports Foot and Mouth...

Bitter Harvest

The political turmoil of the past eighteen months has hit Kashmir’s apple industry hard.  The entry of the NAFED and the import of duty-free...

Orchard Massacres

The Forest Department issued notices to all the ‘encroachers’ everywhere. But a patch on Budgam-Pulwama border was the only place across Jammu and Kashmir...

Making Apple Rot

As the scab invaded Kashmir’s apple orchards, more than two-thirds of the crop is unworthy of the market. This fruit could easily be diverted...

Packing Apples

Apple packaging is a key ingredient to Kashmir’s apple economy that keeps thousands of people busy round the year to manage more than 70...

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