Hit Hard By COVID-19 Lockdown Flower Farmers in J&K Demand Loan Waiver

India | News18 | April 16, 2020, 4:41 pm
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 It is the peak marigold flower harvesting season in Jammu and Kashmir and instead of taking the yield of the cash crop to Jammu markets, farmers are plucking and throwing the flowers into the canal. (Image: News18/ Amit Sharma)
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It is the peak marigold flower harvesting season in Jammu and Kashmir and instead of taking the yield of the cash crop to Jammu markets, farmers are plucking and throwing the flowers into the canal. (Image: News18/ Amit Sharma)

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 Many farmers with small landholdings at RS Pura near Indo-Pak border in Jammu had turned to flower cultivation to reap more benefits rather than following the traditional wheat-paddy cycle, but a lockdown in the wake of coronavirus has resulted in losses for them. (Image: News18/ Amit Sharma)
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Many farmers with small landholdings at RS Pura near Indo-Pak border in Jammu had turned to flower cultivation to reap more benefits rather than following the traditional wheat-paddy cycle, but a lockdown in the wake of coronavirus has resulted in losses for them. (Image: News18/ Amit Sharma)

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 Farmers are seen throwing the flowers into the canal. (Image: News18/ Amit Sharma)
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Farmers are seen throwing the flowers into the canal. (Image: News18/ Amit Sharma)

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"Some farmers took to marigold cultivation lately, but due to the lockdown has resulted in farmers wasting the rich flower yield," said Rohit, a farmer at RS Pura. (Image: News18/ Amit Sharma)

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"All the mandis and markets have closed so we can't sell our flowers and are facing daily losses." (Image: News18/ Amit Sharma)

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 RS Pura is said to be the rice bowl of Jammu and Kashmir and is famous for basmati rice, but farmers who diversified for more gains are in a fix now. (Image: News18/ Amit Sharma)
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RS Pura is said to be the rice bowl of Jammu and Kashmir and is famous for basmati rice, but farmers who diversified for more gains are in a fix now. (Image: News18/ Amit Sharma)

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 The farmers are now pinning hopes on the government to announce a farmer specific package to help them tide over the crisis. (Image: News18/ Amit Sharma)
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The farmers are now pinning hopes on the government to announce a farmer specific package to help them tide over the crisis. (Image: News18/ Amit Sharma)

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"Farmers have supported the lockdown call given by the government, but it is the duty of the government to think about farmers and to ensure that they don't lose their livelihood," said a farmer. (Image: News18/ Amit Sharma)

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 Farmers say they need help even as the lockdown period has been extended. (Image: News18/ Amit Sharma)
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Farmers say they need help even as the lockdown period has been extended. (Image: News18/ Amit Sharma)

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 Farmers are seen plucking the flowers from their farm. (Image: News18/ Amit Sharma)
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Farmers are seen plucking the flowers from their farm. (Image: News18/ Amit Sharma)

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