By : Mohan Verma
Drawing attention of state and center government towards damage caused by the wind and hailstorms which hit several parts of this hill state, Himachal Pradesh Kissan Sabha demanded advocate compensation to affected apple and other vegetable crops on Monday.
Press statement issued by state president of Himahcal Pradesh Kissan Sabha Dr. Kuldeep Tanwar and General Secretary Dr. Onkar Shad said that a central team should visit the hailstorm infested areas.
They also urged the state government to come forward to help the affected farmers and stop more loss to apple crops after supplying them hail net on subsidized rate.
Kissan Sabha also appealed the Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh to send a central team to take account of loss caused by the hailstorms and provide them relief.
The torrent rain showers, winds and hailstorms had caused a massive loss in the field of apple and other crops in many parts of the state including Shimla, Solan and Sirmaur district.
The impact of hailstorms was so strong that it badly ruined the ripping crop of apple and vegetables, rendering heavy financial loss to the victim families.
They claimed that number of households who only thrive on its produce had been affected as their vegetable crop dashed to ground within few seconds by hailstorm, the affected crops includes apple, french bean, pea, tomato etc.
Seeking immediate evaluation of revenue loss caused to farmers by the hailstorms, he said that Kissan Sabha demand compensations to the affected farmers.
Report said that impact of hailstorm on fruit was so immense that it grounded the leaves of the entire trees and fruit buds were hit into pieces.
The weather experts avers that over rain and under raining reflect the climate change as it indicated highly erratic weather conditions prevailing in the state.