Pulwama, Aug 10: Erratic weather conditions have hit standing vegetable crops in several villages of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Local residents informed that standing vegetable crops of collards, Tomato, Beans, Chillies and Maize have been affected by some disease caused by prevailing hot and humid weather conditions.
They added that significant damage has been caused to the crops in different villages of Kakapora area including Naman, Larbal, Gundibagh and Patalbagh.
Irshad Ahmad Dar, a progressive farmer from Patalbagh village said that frequent rains caused humid conditions in their standing crops.
“Some disease sprouted in the crops and they suffered damages ,which at some places is around 50 percent,” he said, adding that they approached Vice Chancellor ( VC) of Sher- e- Kashmir University of Agriculture Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) for sending a team of experts to the affected area for guidance of farmers.
“The experts visited here and guided us on how to manage this condition,” he said.
He also added that farmers were also provided an advisory for controlling the disease.
He expressed his gratitude to the experts.
Another farmer from Patalbagh village said that he grows various vegetables on 25 kanals of land.
“The crop developed black spots and yellowing,” he said, adding that he also noticed rotting in tomato fruit and cucumbers.
Dr Javed Ahmad Mugloo, Professor and head, Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK ) Malangpora said that the crops have been affected due to change in climatic conditions.
“The moisture content is high due to which humidity has increased,” he said, adding that they advised farmers to maintain proper drainage and crop density.
“The farmers need to maintain the recommended distance between plants,” he said.
He also added that they advised farmers to adopt some control measures for protecting their crop.