The history of Apple Valley in Kashmir and the current crises

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How tourists explore Apple Valley and buy from local growers to support the local economy

Let us take you to the world of apples in Kashmir, the verdant apple orchards with snow-capped peaks rising above the horizon are a feast for the eyes.

Kashmir is referred to as the famous fruit bowl of India.

Cashmere apples are popular with people all over the world for their unique yet delicious taste. These apples are known locally as “Chunt”.

When we visited the apple orchard, Qadir bhai, the owner, gave us a warm welcome. After the initial exchange of “Salam,” he took us through his orchard. He showed us the whole process from picking to cleaning to culling and finally transportation. As we explored the area, he served us glasses of freshly brewed apple juice, which may have been the best juice I’ve tasted in my life. The taste was heavenly, he also offered us apple pickle, apple chutney and apple murabba. Everything he served us so fresh, basically straight from the farm. Don’t forget to buy the local products.

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Apple Valley In cashmere is on Pahalgam Road. It is located in (9 km away from Bijbehara, on the way to Pahalgam) in Anantnag district.

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This is a valley of apple farms. So it got the name of Apple Valley in Pahalgam. It is one of the best places to eat fresh apples, hike in an apple orchard and stay at Mountain View Resorts. You can find many apple orchard workers doing their routine jobs like picking apples, sorting apples by size and sending them to storage in baskets.

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Hiking is the only way to see the orchid beauty of the Apple Valley in the Himalayas at Pahalgam Tehsils. A day trip is necessary to hike and explore this exotic valley. Aside from apple orchards, there are dicotyledonous herbs on the slopes of this mountain valley. It is the best place to take photos of the wild orchids found in the Himalayas. The apple orchard found here is private property. Still, they allow tourists without entrance fees. Sometimes they give apples to tourists for free. However, you can buy them for a price if you want to take them home and distribute them on behalf of the Apple Valley tour.

Directions: Apple Valley

Apple Valley is 40 km away from Pahalgam. You can get here across the street with private taxis.

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Time: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m

Best time

From the second week of August to the end of October is the ripening and picking season of all apples in Kashmir and you can see clusters of apples in orchards and you will find apple orchards on the way to Pahalgam called Apple Valley where you can get all varieties of apples.

Problems faced by apple growers in the valley

This industry is currently witnessing what could be termed a price collapse that is affecting the livelihood of the masses without government intervention. While the tourism sector contributes almost six percent to the state’s GDP, apple cultivation contributes around eight percent to the state’s GDP.

The sector is in crisis due to rising input costs, climate change and more recently favorable import policies.

The use of these chemicals has made the apple trees susceptible to disease. The use of pesticides to protect crops from many diseases has increased greatly. This in turn leads to the sale of poor quality fertilizers, fungicides and pesticides.

The availability of cold stores is important to prevent distress sales.

Import policy also plays an important role in price decision. A 10kg crate of apples from Iran sells between Rs 600 and 850 in India, giving stiff competition to local produce. The same amount of apples from Kashmir or Himachal Pradesh sell for Rs 900-1,100. This has led to a collapse in trade in local products.

The effects of climate change on the apple industry have been visible in recent years. The frequency of snowfall, hailstorms and gusty winds has increased in recent years, which has had a negative impact on apple production.

In order to improve the income of apple growers, the infrastructural bottlenecks, technical improvement of horticultural staff skills, improvement of market information system, branding and the need for government to regulate pesticides must be addressed.

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