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.

Vanishing Saffron Fields

Kashmiris once famed saffron fields are fast vanishing under the layers of concrete and mortar. With ill conceived policies to stop conversion of saffron...

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...

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...

Advancing Apples

The Mughal route town of Shopian is a booming economic centre. Producer of the best apples from the region, its business got impetus after...

Mission Saffron

Dwindling yield has pushed Pampore’s saffron growers to a new low and sections within the government wish they start producing corms that are required...

A lease of life

An integrated cold chain storage facility inaugurated last week has taken Kashmir’s cumulative CAS capacity to 13800-mts with the avowed objective of giving a...

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,...

Long Live The Apple Cart

After years of crying hoarse over Kashmir’s failure on post-harvest front, the private sector has finally chipped in to alter the way we sold...

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...

Mission Impossible

The multi-crore NSM scheme was launched to revive the dwindling saffron production in Kashmir. But since its launch the ambitious scheme is in news...

Veg Wonders 

Urbanization forced city vegetable growers look for cheap land and labour in the periphery. Bugam in Budgam had both. But as outsiders started reaping...

Unsustainable Affair

In five years, the J&K government spent Rs 1204 Crore to acquire land for various infrastructure projects. But is this process sustainable for a...

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...

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...

Growing Global Apple

Within less than a year, a state funded scheme has started changing Kashmir periphery. Growers have started understanding the importance of axing more than...

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