Bumper paddy yield, farmers feel relieved
Pulwama: Farmers in south Kashmir are a delighted lot after recording a bumper paddy yield this year.
Farmers hailing from different areas of south Kashmir said that this year the produce was disease free and the yield too was very high as compared as last few years.
Ghulam Mohiuddin, a farmer from Kakapora area of Pulwama district said that due to rice blasts that hit the paddy cultivation during the past few years the yield used to be vety low.
“But this year whole crop is disease free and the yield is also good,” he added.
Gul Mohammed, another farmer from Kulgam district said that the yield this year was 10 to 15 percent more compared to the last few years.
“This year we were worried about the scarcity of water as Kashmir Valley witnessed deficit in rainfall. But despite that the yield per hectare was quite good,” he added.
“It is almost after one decade that the crop was disease free and the yield too was upto the mark,” Abdul Rashid, another farmer from Bijbehara belt of Anantnag said.
District Agriculture officer Pulwama, Mohammed Qasim Ganaie said that due to good temperature especially during peak season, the crop remained disease free and yield was very good.
“In last few years the yield was around 60 quintal per hectare, however this year it is between 75 to 80 quintals,” said, adding that humidity plays important role and this year humidity remained moderate.