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 Crisis, An Opportunity

Losses to Kashmir apple orchards can be assessed properly only after the government’s final survey is over. Amid mass mourning over the recent calamity,...

Apple Woes

Despite increase in production apple growers in south Kashmir are finding it hard to carry on the occupation as quality of the produce has...

Producing, But Not Selling

While Kashmiri almond growers fail to market their produce for want of knowledge and government support, Jammu despite not producing even a single almond...

The Black Sheep

Kashmir produces seven million kg wool a year but lacks capacity to process even one percent of it. Sold at throwaway prices, the finished...

Getting Back into Seinweir

Decades after late Bakhshi Ghulam Mohammad converted low-lying garden Seinwari into Sonawari for habitation, an overflowing Jhelum found its way in. It took villagers 25...

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...

Not A Priority!

    All banks have a basket enabling them to infuse micro credit in key sectors. But most of these schemes partnered by the governments are...

A Game Changer

 As India and Pakistan were fighting over Kargil heights, a south Kashmir boy takes off for US to study. Nine years later, Khuram Mir...

Scented Fortune

Hardly anybody cared till the rice decorating elite marriages almost vanished from the fields. Shakir Mir reports Mushkbadij’s revival journey from mere 137 kgs...

Obnoxious Sprays

With produce worth Rs 300 crore lost last season Kashmir’s horticulture sector is no longer a safe investment. Saima Bhat reports how spurious fish...

Apple Cart to Panchal

The Mughal road may not be officially open yet, but it has already meant a huge deal to people in Kashmir valley, Poonch and...

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...

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...

Weather blues

Subnormal temperatures are making the summer pleasant but crops are bearing the brunt. Haroon Mirani reports on the threats of erratic weather to crops...

Saffron Harvest: A Photo Feature

During late autumn, people from Saffron town, Pampore, in South Kashmir start picking saffron flowers and heaping them into wicker baskets. Their chatter and...

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