Athar Parvaiz Darjeeling: Famed for its taste and aroma, the Darjeeling Tea grown in the Himalayan foothills in west Bengal has been witnessing decline in production and exports because of frequent droughts, erratic rainfall and absenteeism of workers. Tea growers and researchers said that they are not hopeful about the future of Darjeeling Tea. […]
Athar Parvaiz For all his life, 60-year-old Abdul Rehman Dar had proudly tilled the land on his three-acre farm in the highly productive Kashmir Valley. But his work came to a sudden halt when the surging Vishu River flattened two-thirds of his village and damaged hundreds of acres of prized agricultural land in September 2014. […]
Kashmiri saffron, famous for offering the best quality in the world, is facing multiple constraints including the gravest challenge posed by the frequently occurring extreme events related to climate change. Due to the slump in quality because of fake saffron in the market prices have almost halved since 2009 from 2.7 lac (US$6,000) per kilogram […]
Food security in Kashmir is said to be in danger in absence of proper land-use policies and the farmers’ penchant for cash crops like apples and almonds.