Shopian: In wake of an early and widespread scab infection witnessed in fruit trees amid flowering seson, horticulture experts on Tuesday advised growers to apply fungicides only after taking advice from experts and not the sellers.
Director horticulture, Kashmir, Ajaz Ahmad Bhat said that the stakeholders and private enterprises must maintain social distance while farming and selling of fertilizers and pesticides.
The horticulture department also took stock of the situation and directed the district horticulture officers and Chief horticulture officers to provide all the assistance to the fruit growers in valley.
“The fruit growers are spraying fungicides as per recommendations of pesticides dealers instead of SKAUST issued spray schedule or expert advices. This could lead to damage in trees. Growers must consult the experts besides spray schedule recommended by SKAUST,” an official hand out reads.
Notably widespread scab infection has been witnessed on the leaves of fruit trees particularly apple in almost all the districts in Kashmir. The infection at this stage has been seen after many years and experts believe that rainy weather is among the major reasons for this breakout.
“The dealers besides maintaining SOPs to contain Covid-19 should also spray disinfectants in shops and establishments,” he said,”