Fresh snow on higher reaches and rains in lower areas pose a threat to the stone fruits

Stone Fruits in HimachalManali: Fresh snow on the higher reaches of Manali and rains on Saturday in the tourist town of Manali and its surrounding areas have posed a threat to the crop of plums , peach  and apricot in Manali region.

Majestic Rohtang pass ,the gateway to Lahaul and spiti district and Laddakh region , Marhi and Kothi are reported to have experienced
snowfall. It is pertinent to mention  that crop of stone fruit presently is at flowering stage these days in upper Kullu valley. It is learnt that so far pollination is not complete in the crop of plums in Manali region and no bee activity has  taken place so far owing to the repeated snow and rains. The snow and rains have also  resulted in a considerable decline in the temperature.

Over all  present  rains and cold weather conditions are not being  considered  advantageous for the crops of plums,apricot and peach as snow and  rains  may wash the pollins of the  flowers of these stone fruits at any moment resulting in causing a severe jolt  to the fruit economy of Manali
region.

Sanjay Dutta, an engineer by qualification but is a journalist by choice. He has worked for the premier new agency Press Trust of India and leading English daily Indian Express. With more than a decade of experience, he has been highlighting issues related to environment, tourism and other aspects affecting mountain ecology. Sanjay Dutta lives in a village close to Manali in Kullu valley of Himachal.

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