Indian Farmers Disappointed over Early Flowering of Fruit

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Less snowfall is spelling trouble for stone fruit farmers in India's northern state of Himachal Pradesh.

It is believed that early flowering will lead to a lower amount of crops to sell.

[Hansraj, Farmer]: (Hindi, male)
"When we were younger, we used to get heavy snow or rain but for the last 8 to 9 years, we are not receiving good snow and rain. We are not getting good crops."

Experts in the horticulture department of the state government say that warmer growing seasons have been affecting the horticulture crop, including apples, in the state for the last ten years.

[I.D. Gupta, Deputy Director, Himachal Pradesh Horticulture Dept.]: (Hindi, male)
"For the last 5 to 6 years, the climate has been changing. We are not receiving enough snow and timely rain. This is resulting in early flowering in our fruit crops and this will result in having a poor crop.”

Himachal Pradesh has over 100 square miles of land for stone fruit farming and produces over 440 thousand metric tons of fruit.

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