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Apple harvesting begins in Kashmir's picturesque Orchards

By Nimrat Kaur -- October 07, 2017 2:10 pm -- Updated:Feb 15, 2021

The beauty of Kashmir is complimented with the King of the region -Apples.
Year 2017 was declared as the ‘Year of the Apple' by Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed.
Thousands of people are employed in the process of the fruit’s production and harvesting with a varieties like Maharaj, Ambri, American, Delicious and Hazratbal find home in different states of India.
Here is a visual treat for you -
A Kashmiri farmer carries fresh apples from a tree in an orchard in Budgam, about 20 kilometers from Srinagar. Apples from Kashmir are famous in South Asia and their harvest is one of the backbones of Kashmir’s economy, employing thousands of people direct and indirectly. (Waseem Andrabi / HT Photo)
Despite rains and snowfall in April this year, the apple orchards of Budgam have managed to salvage the fruit crop so as to see a good harvest. (Waseem Andrabi / HT Photo)
Crucial to the process of the harvest is cupping one’s hand under the apple and removing the small stalk at the top, after the dew leaves the fruit. Farmers do this for every single apple, no matter how large the numbers. (Waseem Andrabi / HT Photo)
-PTC News