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ICAR issues advisory for orchardists to combat harmful effects of heavy snowfall

Srinagar, Jan 09 (KINS) Director Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture (ICAR-CITH), Saturday issued an advisory for Orchardists to combat harmful effects of heavy snowfall.
In a statement issued to news agency KINS, the CITH said, “Due to Western Disturbance as a cyclonic circulation and confluence or interaction of south-westerly and south-easterly winds causing an extreme weather conditions  and therefore Kashmir division has witnessed heavy snowfall from 3rd January to 6th January, 2020 leading to accumulation of heavy snow cover in orchards across the valley. This can cause heavy physical damage to the plants in general and upgrowing leaders in particular. Accumulated snow will lead to heavy water logging detrimental to the plant health. Thus in order to safeguard the orchards in the valley following measures need to be taken immediately:
Gently and carefully remove the snow cover over the tree canopies with due care to scaffolds. 
In case of apples HDP remove the snow from the leader and other scaffolds of tall spindle system without breaking the leader. Also thin-out the leader from top to avoid the accumulation of snow and bending and/or breaking of the leader. Snow may be removed from newly planted trees and nursery plants with gentle shaking to avoid topple down,” the statement reads.
“Trees fallen due to snow should be lifted and repositioned with proper staking/support. If roots get exposed cover them with soil and position & support the plants properly
Snow should be removed from polyhouses/greenhouses and other structures to avoid any kind of loss. Proper drainage should be done to avoid water logging which can be harmful for the tree’s health. 
If the main tree trunk is splitted in two parts and skin is still intact then fix it by using nail nut bolts or tieing to avoid permanent damage to the trees. Farmers being our priority it is requested to keep proper ventilation at your home while using heating systems to avoid asphyxiation – Your Health is Our Priority,” it added. (KINS)

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