Amid huge damages to fruits by hailstorm, Basharat Bukhari demands KCC loan waiver 

Visits dozens of villages in Sangrama and Baramulla constituencies 

Srinagar, May 15 (RNA): Moved by the immense damages caused to the horticulture and other crops due to hailstorm in Kandi belt of Sangrama Constituency in Baramulla district, former Horticulture minster and National conference leader Syed Basharat Bukhari has appealed Governor administration to waive off, the KCC loans to the farmers as the damage caused by the hailstorm was absolute and beyond any recovery. Mr. Bukhari  Wednesday visited personally to   nearly sixteen villages of Kandi belt including Kachwa, Sheerpora, Murin, Gevgaran, Naribal, Sultanpora, Doodbugh, Nilsar, Bandi Bala, Bandi-Payen, Muqam, Kalantra, Kakawthal, Kohlina, Naugam etc and witnessed  the damages caused to the apple and other fruits due to Tuesday’s weather vagary.

Later speaking to RNA, the former Horticulture minster said that the damage was cent percent and there was no hope (Whatsoever) of any recovery to the crops which has left the farmers and the apple orchardists completely devastated. He said almost entire Kandi belt has lost hopes of any income from the apple industry this year which is bound to leave an adverse impact on their economic condition. The former MLA appealed Governor to waive -off the KCC loans to the farmers of Kandi belt and other areas affected by the hailstorm besides providing them immediate relief.

“Waiving- off KCC loan would be a favour to these farmers during these times of distress. I appeal to Governor Sahib for taking an immediate initiative towards this, besides providing relief to the affected .” said Mr. Bukhari who has represented Sangrama for two consecutive terms in the assembly until last year when the State assembly was dissolved  mid way before completing its full term of  six years.

Earlier Mr. Bukhari had taken up the issue with Deputy Commissioner Baramulla late Tuesday night following which a team of experts of Horticulture department headed by Headed by Chief Horticulture Officer  including District  Horticulture Officer and  HDO chandoosa Wednesday visited the affected areas of the Sangrama Constituency and assessed the damages on scientific basis. Sources told RNA that the team would submit the report to Deputy Commissioner Baramulla on Thursday. (RNA)