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How climate change threatens Kashmir's crucial apple industry
26/08/2022 01:10 PM | Click to read full article
Sharp temperature variations across India-administered Kashmir have brought unseasonal snowfalls or early summers, resulting in heavy damage to apple orchards.
An almost 30% decline in apple production has dealt a serious blow to the region's biggest industry, leaving farming families with huge debts. Nearly 1 million families are associated with Kashmir's $1.25-million (€1.23-million) apple industry — which, according to official records, produced 1.8 million metric tons last year, nearly 100,000 fewer than the previous year's crop.