Erratic weather, diseases hit vegetable produce in Kashmir

Srinagar, Aug 12: Erratic weather conditions this year are taking a toll on vegetable produce in Kashmir.

Farmers said that the hot and humid climate followed by rains has sprouted diseases in several vegetables this year due to which the produce is getting damaged.

They said that due to erratic weather conditions, diseases have sprouted in tomatoes, collards, chillies, beans and other vegetables thereby affecting the quality and quantity.

Due to erratic weather, these crops are developing are black spots and vegetables are yellowing and in some cases plants are also drying up, said Javaid Ahmad, a farmer from Pulwama.

He said that this year it rains almost every day, however, temperature remains high as well which leads to sprouting of diseases in crops.

Farmers said that the weather has also affected sun drying of vegetables.

They said that vegetables get damaged due to rains whenever they peel them and leave for sun drying.

Officials said that diseases are sprouting because of climate change as moisture along with humidity is high.

They said that farmers must adopt some control measures besides that they must take care of drainage, crop density and space between plants as well.kno

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