Climate change has affected the quality and quantity of India’s illegally harvested fruit crops in Jammu and Kashmir, experts said.
Due to the heat wave, the farmers whose livelihood depends on vegetables and fruits are very worried as they do not know what to do at what time.
Climate change Experts believe that long-term changes in temperature and weather will increase in the future and that adaptive measures are needed to reduce the effects of climate change.
Dr Amir Hussian Butt, a lecturer in environmental science at Government Degree College, Hadipora, Baramulla, told news agency Kashmir News Observer that crop damage due to climate change has increased due to unseasonal snowfall, hailstorms, cloudbursts and heavy rains. It affects the crop.
Kashmir being a mountainous region is vulnerable and climate change has created instability as it does not follow any balanced pattern and we are seeing everything happening in reverse when we see weather in summer and vice versa, he said. He said that people themselves are responsible for engaging in illegal mining, forest cutting and other things, and that climate change is damaging our crops and fruits.
Dr. Tariq Rasool, assistant professor of fruit pathology at Kashmir University of Agricultural Science and Technology, told KNO that everything has positive and negative effects and spring and summer seasons are important for apples.
If the spring is wet, the chances of scab are high and the apple market will decrease, and if the spring is dry, the chances of scab and other diseases will decrease, he said, if the summer weather is wet, it will lead to Alternaria. Especially in low-altitude areas, it affects the quality of fruit. If it is dry, the quality of fruit will be disturbed, but the chances of disease will decrease, but the number of insects will increase.
Drip irrigation in dry weather can be fruitful for growers in addition to flooding, he said.