Apple market in Kashmir closed as fruit is still unpicked in orchids due to lockdown

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SOPORE, Occupied Kashmir: Despite the peak harvest time, the apple market in Sopore, which is normally packed with people, the fruit and trucks, is deserted as the fruit has not reached here and unpicked in orchids across the valley.

Apples have not been picked from orchids and becoming rot on the trees due to military curfew and communications lockdown imposed by BJP-led government in since Aug 5 in occupied Kashmir.

As a result, the owners of apple orchids, traders and labourers connected with the industry are facing financial losses.

During a visit to the apple market known as “Little London”, its main gates were found locked.

About 3.5 million people of occupied Kashmir are involved in the apple production and marketing.