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.

A local worker packing apples.
A local worker packing apples.

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...

High Density Culture

Apple apart, Kashmir has created a demonstration orchard in Srinagar outskirts where some of the best high-density fruits are grown, reports Masood Hussain “If we see...

No Cherry Blossom

With part of the apple already lost, it is now cherry and strawberry paying the pandemic costs. The two most delicate fruits with lowest...

Cursed Apple

With partial lockdown still in place, and around 20 thousand metric tonnes of apple still in CA stores across Kashmir, farmers and traders are...

Growing Money

Nursery business has become a major source of livelihood in several Kulgam villages, reports Samreena Nazir On a frozen morning of February, Mir Yawar, 21,...

Model Millionaire

 By the end of twentieth century when a low ranking employee was desperately thinking about the future of his seven sons, he made a...

Bloody Harvest

Unlike all other unrests that Kashmir witnessed since 1990, apple somehow escaped the crisis. In the wake of the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s...

The New Volunteers

Watching the farmers facing a crisis in paddy harvesting, groups of well educated youth started helping them volunatrilty and the trend has the potential...

The Forbidden Fruit

With orchards as deserts as Srinagar streets, Kashmir’s apple cart may upset the economy, reports Umar Mukhtar Every morning, Ali Mohammad, an apple grower in...

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