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Demand for tree saplings surges among Srinagar farmers with onset of spring


April 4, 2012 - Srinagar

The demand of tree saplings has registered a surge among the Srinagar farmers with the onset of spring.

The harsh winters had destroyed the crops, resulting in severe loss to the growers. Fortunately, the present weather conditions serve as a catalyst for the growth of a variety of crops, including Chinar saplings, which have been a part of Kashmir's heritage for generations.

The farmers described this season as the preferred one to plant trees.

"The present weather conditions are favourable, so we try our best to plant trees at this time," said Malik Farooq, Additional Director, Sericulture Department, Jammu and Kashmir.

Hundreds of such saplings are being sold daily, as farmers are thronging the market to avail this golden opportunity.

Besides, the apple and eucalyptus trees, chinar, poplar, deodar, fir, pine and mulberry are soaring in popularity, as they bear the fruit soon after plantation.

The sellers of these trees gather saplings from different parts of Kashmir and put them up for sale in a common market.

"The environment is good, which is why people from the village have come here to buy trees," said Jaffer Hussain, a farmer.

In recent times, several people have volunteered to participate in plantation drives and played their part in spreading consciousness about the preservation of the environment.

The state government initiated this campaign with an aim to preserve environment as well as attract more tourists to the state.

ANI

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