Vakil demands compensation for apple producers, waiving off KCC loans
Srinagar: Calling for a comprehensive compensation for apple producers who suffered damages due to incessant rains, hailstorm and cloudbursts, senior vice president of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference and former minister Abdul Gani Vakil today urged the government to go for immediate assessment of damages to horticulture sector.
“The torrential rains and hailstorm caused massive damage to horticulture sector especially and apple producers have been hit the worst,” said Vakil.
Vakil demanded that the KCC loans to the farmers be also waived off given the losses first due to lockdown of political nature and then a subsequent Covid-19 lockdowns that hit the apple sector.
He expressed grief and concern over the massive damages caused to fruits, standing crop and loss of life due to devastating cloudbursts and windstorms that struck most parts of Jammu and Kashmir.
Vakil called upon the government to depute teams to assess the losses in the affected villages so that they are compensated forthwith.
“It becomes an obligation for the government to come to the support and succour of the orchardists as they form the backbone of our economy and have always been suffering on account of weather vagaries,” he said.