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.

An Upsetting Applecart

Kashmir’s fruit basket is losing weight and many other factors are sending fruit growers into the red. A Kashmir Life report. For decades, apple has...

Caught in the storm

Beaten first by rough weather, the year has been tough for Gujjar nomads, with the long shutdown adding to their woes. Ikhlaq Qadri reports. Herding...

Cultivating an aromatic industry

Kashmir has huge potential to produce aromatic oils used in medicines and cosmetics. By tapping into the sector, Kashmir can have an eco-friendly path...

Hindukush friends

A group of Afghan agriculture experts are in Kashmir to learn modern practices to enhance yield. Kashmir Life takes a look at the Afghan...

Downsizing a high

Public awareness and official crackdown have brought down the narcotics production in south Kashmir districts, where large swathes of land were put under poppy...

Roshni Rackets Darken Energy Futures

Conceived by Abdul Rahim Rather to light up the state and its resources, the Roshni Scheme had a darkened delivery by Ghulam Nabi Azad....

A vanishing aroma

Abdul Aziz Kozgar inherited the craft of making rosewater manually, but is unlikely to pass it on to the next generation. Shazia Yousuf talks...

Flowery Success

She left a secure government job to wade into unknown waters only to open up career vistas for many in Kashmir. Ibrahim Wani reports When...

Aspiring Asparagus

A highly nutritious vegetable that grows in Kashmir and has huge demand in the West. Owing to government apathy, asparagus is on the verge...

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...
Fruit Mandi Sopore

Happy Harvest

Satellite fruit markets (mandis) established in different districts are helping fruit growers get value for their produce at their doorsteps. Some infrastructural lacunae and...

Eating away imports

Despite institutions meant to improve agricultural production, the state imports almost half of the rice requirement. Hamidullah Dar reports. The inability of the government to...

Ladakh to bring wild berries home

Researchers in Ladakh are experimenting with organised cultivation of  Seabuckthorn, the wild bush famed for products like Seabuckthorn tea, Leh Berry Juice and herbal...

Cultivating a ‘high’

Farmers cultivate poppy as a cash crop. Tradition requires its use in bakery. But its bumper produce is challenging the administration’s efficiency and strength...

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...

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