Cold wave and snowfall are wreaking havoc in the country. But, apple production in the country may decline considerably due to less rain and snowfall than last year. According to the Meteorological Department, there is a possibility of rain-snowfall in the coming days. However, it is not conducive for the apple to complete its chilling period. There is a very bad news for apple farmers. Apple yields in India are expected to decline this year due to below-average rainfall and snowfall. This can pose a big challenge for apple growers. In fact, apple producing states like Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh have received almost no snowfall this time. Because of this, farmers are very worried.
Even after more than a week in the month of January, there has been no rain in these states. There is no sign of snowfall due to lack of rain. Due to this, the apple crop is not getting the winter season as per the requirement. In this situation, experts have said that due to less snowfall, the size of the apple will be greatly affected and its sweetness will also decrease.
Horticulturists say that if there is no rain and snowfall on a few days,apple yields can decline by 20 to 25 percent. Due to the decline in apple yield, the price of apple can also increase significantly. It is being said that due to lack of rain, moisture has disappeared from the land. As a result, apple plants are not getting enough moisture. According to experts, a minimum chilling period of 800 to 1000 hours is required for the growth of apple plants. But, due to lack of rain and snowfall, the chilling period has not been completed. In such a situation, apple yields are likely to be affected significantly.
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If we take a look at Himachal Pradesh, the farmers here are also disappointed due to lack of rain and snowfall. As a result of lack of rain and snowfall in the state, the apple business worth Rs 5500 crore is facing a lot of crisis. Because, the snowfall has not started yet, due to which the process of chilling period has not even started. This has increased the concern of thousands of gardeners in the state. In such a situation, gardeners are praying to the gods and goddesses for rain and snowfall.
Apples are an extremely tasty crop. Apart from Himachal Pradesh, apple is also cultivated on a large scale in Uttarakhand. There are apple orchards in about 25 thousand hectare area, which produces about 67 thousand tonnes of apples every year. Farmers grow apples in districts like Uttarkashi, Nainital, Champawat, Chamoli, Dehradun, Bageshwar and Almora. Also, pulum, pear and apricots are also cultivated by farmers in these areas. This is the reason that the farmers here are very upset due to lack of rain and snowfall. Farmers say that if there is no rain and snowfall, it will destroy their crops. Also, according to the Meteorological Department, there is a possibility of rain-snowfall in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh in the next few days.