Srinagar (NVI): Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, today made a firsthand assessment of damages caused to saffron crops due to snowfall last week.
He visited the affected fields in several villages and met farmers. He also sought details from the teams constituted to assess the damage and directed them to undertake thorough evaluation, an official statement said.
The DC said that teams comprising officers from concerned departments including those from the revenue, horticulture, agriculture and rural development were estimating the damages.
The DC said that the current exercise includes field-to-field assessment to measure the actual losses. Meanwhile, an interdepartmental teams constituted for the purpose, have so far assessed damages to more than 800 hectares of saffron crop, adding that inspections are still going on.
He informed that the teams had already undertaken a preliminary assessment on November 8, a day after the snowfall.
The saffron fields in Panthachowk tehsil of the district suffered major losses this year with only one against four harvests seen before snowfall.
Dr Shahid while interacting with farmers assured that adequate and earliest compensation would be provided for their losses.