On November 3, Kashmir experienced the season’s first snowfall much to the delight of those visiting the Valley. However, the early snowfall has gravely affected the fruits and horticulture industry.
The All India Kisan Sabha, which claims to be India’s largest peasant organisation, highlighted the massive losses suffered by farmers by sharing a heart-wrenching video of a young Kashmiri farmer grieving the loss of his crop.
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According to Sheikh Aashiq Ahmad, president of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), the loss to the industry is over 500 crore.
Watch the video here:
Heart wrenching video from Kashmir. A young farmer is seen grieving loss of his crop. Inconsolable he is seen uncovering ripe apples & branches of trees buried under mounds of snow. Kisan Tehreek (affiliated to AIKS) estimates losses of over 1000 crores. Compensate farmers! pic.twitter.com/A31PShD2Ni
— AIKS (@KisanSabha) November 5, 2018
The video has left many netizens upset. While some spoke about the massive loss farmers face due to such situations, others demanded an immediate compensation for those who have been affected by the rainfall.
This man’s spirits are completely crushed. His apple crop awaiting packing is buried under the snow & all his efforts over the summer, his investment in tree oil & other treatments has been for nothing. It’s no wonder he’s weeping the way he is. #tragic https://t.co/kUPAbl2xGa
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) November 4, 2018
Unfortunate. NoFarmer Should Be LeftBehind. But Any Tangible Solution ?
— Rahat Virk 🇮🇳 (@rahatvirk) November 5, 2018
This while we shall burn crackers into the air tomorrow and day after worth crores…really my heart goes out to them https://t.co/NpLPwMAkUN
— Timeless (@dassangramrkl) November 5, 2018
— Sagrika Kissu (@SagrikaKissu) November 5, 2018
Compensate the farmers
— kollarajamohan (@kollarajamohan) November 5, 2018