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Winter has arrived early, snowfalls in Kashmir hit apple farmers as orchards are distroyed in early snowfall

Srinagar : The first November snowfall in Kashmir since 2009 on Saturday has caused widespread damage to the mainstay of the Valley economy – horticulture.

All Valley Fruit Growers Association chairman Bashir Ahmad Bhat said almost 20% of the apple crop may have been damaged in South Kashmir alone and put the estimated loss at Rs 1,000 crore.

State horticulture director Manzoor Qadri said the department was still assessing the damages. Fruit growers had suffered “heavy damages”, he added.