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Unseasonal snow buries hopes of Kashmir farmers

Catholic Church's social service wing helps farmers in the Muslim-majority state face the vagaries of climate change
Unseasonal snow buries hopes of Kashmir farmers

Apple trees were destroyed by heavy and unseasonal snow in India's northern Kashmir region. (Photo: Umar Manzoor Shah)

Published: December 03, 2019 05:17 AM GMT
Updated: December 03, 2019 05:17 AM GMT

With streets infested with violence and the air thick with strife, Kashmir's farming activities were crippled this year, limiting chances of a good yield for Mohammad Yusuf Mir. 

The apple grower on the foothills of the Himalayas was pinning his hopes on next year, knowing little that nature had its plans for him. 

Mir's orchard is close to the India-Pakistan border where tension and a curfew escalated from August. 

Just like hundreds of farmers in the Kashmir region, Mir could not harvest or market his crops because of the three-month lockdown that was relaxed only in October. "We hardly had any earnings this year," he said.

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