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The Fruits Of Complacence

This year's disastrous apple crop could but be the first of many

The Fruits Of Complacence
The Fruits Of Complacence
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Seated on the balcony of his quaint, wooden house, Kanha Singh is a happy man. The 75-year-old apple farmer in Pangli-a tiny village 5,000 feet high in the hills near Shimla-does not expect a particularly good crop this time, unlike last year's bumper haul. But that doesn't dim his contentment. One look at his neighbour's orchard, fruitless and gloomy, and you know why. "How much do you think will they sell for in Delhi?" he asks with the naivete of a local farmer, hopeful of a good profit from his fruits.

And why not? For, Kanha is one of a few lucky exceptions whose orchards haven't been struck by a rampant apple drought in Himachal Pradesh this year. Official estimates put the total produce this year at less than 15 per cent of last year. Shimla, Kullu and Kinnaur, the major apple-growing districts, have all been hit badly. By all accounts, this is the worst year ever for Himachal's apple farmers. "Except last year, when everything favoured a good crop, the productivity graph in the '90s has been dropping discernibly," says Ravinder Chauhan of Kyari...

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