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.
KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

Spewing Black

Quick cash was the key factor for hundreds of farmers in Budgam to lease their lands to brick kiln owners. Decades later, they have...
Syed-Mukhtar (KL Image: Hilal Shah)

A Model Grower

Leaving his 16 years of service to start a second career, the erstwhile cop emerged as the model grower after experimenting with honey, cut-flowers...

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 Tales

As the growers were busy managing the sale of bumper crop amid glut and surging freight and diminishing returns, nature struck a fatal blow,...

Walnut Falls

Farmers, businessmen and politicians exhibit no difference when they start counting the foreign exchange earnings, almost stagnant for the last few years. Muhammad Younis...

Green Hands

A South Kashmir village has traditionally remained the main vegetable producer that even exports part of its production to Jammu during summers, reports Farzana...

Rice Thresher

A young boy who grew up in the lush green paddy fields understood the enormous costs in sustaining agriculture. Finally, he devised a mechanical...

Apple Effect

As the Kashmir periphery is witnessing a literal mass conversion of rice fields into apple orchards, the changes manifesting itself by serious ecological tensions...

Suffering Saffron

Dry spell is a historic reason for the crisis that Pampore is facing in its saffron fields. But it offers volumes about how shoddy...

Apple Selling

Gradually, Kashmir has started changing the way it used to sell its apple. As 14 satellite markets attracted nonlocal buyers, slightly more than one-third...

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...

Kashmiri Haakh

Celebrated by folklore and part of staple food, the collards are as important to Kashmir’s meals as potato is to Ireland. While the land...

Revive Asparagus

Perhaps one of the costliest vegetables that are a powerhouse of vitamins and antioxidants, the Paarglass cultivation can boost the cash crop sector, reports...

Shelving Foliage

Apple growers in parts of South Kashmir are helplessly watching premature leaves fall in their orchards. It usually follows by the abrupt fall of...

Outsourcing Appetite

As landholdings shrunk while passing from one generation to another, so did the interest in farming. Kashmir has come a long way from community...

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