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.

The Apple Cart Push

Six months after a vast high-density apple orchard was axed by angry protesters in south Kashmir, government has launched a major initiative to plant...

A Mandi Undone

  For most of the season, the dominating discourse was whose writ runs large. By the time, the government agreed against interrupting the new routine...

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...

Quick Sale

With unrest 2016 rooted down-south, the worst fears were about the fate of apple, the main mover-and-shaker of the peripheral economy.  Challenges were Himalayan...

Legacy Lasts

For decades Babademb’s walnut factory has helped many destitute and needy women to survive the onslaught of circumstances and society. Syed Asma takes a...

Aroma of Success

Despite vast wastelands available for lavender cultivation, Kashmir’s contribution to global demand of three thousand tones is just three tones. Shakir Mir explores the...

‘Meat’ My Rabbits

For twenty years they literally lived under the shadow of guns. Since its demiltrilisation, rabbit farm in Pattan is now back in business. Shakir...

Farm Tech

After replacing bulls with tractors, Kashmir’s agriculture sector lost steam and appetite for modernisation. Zafar Aafaq reports the stagnation and challenges At 7:30 am, Tariq...

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...

Not Spicy  

Land conversion, diseases and official neglect robbed famous Kashmiri chili of its taste and colour. Shakir Mir tells the painful story of Kashmir’s prized...

Happy Nuts

With less than 100 kanals of land under its cultivation across Kashmir, chestnut is a prized winter delicacy. Shakir Mir reports how this nut...

White Revolution 

There is much more than border and barbed wire to this frontier district of Kupwara. A small village is spearheading a white revolution to...

Crediting Crops

By summer 2015, banks had disbursed Rs 6,290.16 crores in agriculture and in allied sectors in state. Besides minimising the monopoly of outsiders over...

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...

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...

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