Will there be fruit? April snowfall in Tajikistan seriously damages gardens (video)

Will there be fruit? April snowfall in Tajikistan seriously damages gardens (video)


Tajik farmers count losses from the elements

The heavy snowfall that hit Tajikistan on April 9 beat a significant portion of the fruit and vegetable harvest throughout the country. Snow and a gale of wind broke trees, crushed greenhouses, and night frosts damaged future fruits.

Khatlon farmers suffer losses

In Voseisky, crops of cotton, peas, grapes and cherries were affected. Muhammad Mirzoev, chairman of the Guliston jamoat in the area, told Asia Plus that dekhkan farms planted 881 hectares of land this year with cotton, and the flood, due to melting snow, washed out the furrows and destroyed the seeds.

“For every hectare of land, farmers spent 2-2.5 thousand somoni. Natural disaster caused them huge damage. They need re-sowing, for which there is no financial means. Most farmers took loans and spent them on sowing. Now they don’t know what to do, “says Mirzoyev.

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According to preliminary estimates, each farmer suffered losses in the amount of 35-40 thousand somoni.

Iskandar Rakhimov, chief specialist of the agricultural department of the Voseisky district, noted that the area of ​​gardens in the district is 1054 hectares, 436 hectares of them are vineyards.

“Snow threw about 30% of the trees to the ground, and lower temperatures at night led to a loss in the yield of cherries, apple trees and other fruit trees.”

A commission has already been set up in Vose to study the extent of damage.

Affected Greenhouses

In Tursunzade and Shakhrinava, snow killed almost half of the seedlings of tomatoes and cucumbers, damaging the greenhouse films with their weight. Seedlings of vegetables planted in open ground almost died – it is broken or ruined by frost at night.

Night frosts caused damage to fruit trees that are in the active phase of flowering – apple trees, cherries, peaches and other fruit trees.

In vineyards, farmers fought frost all night – large bonfires were made in the fields, in the hope that heat and smoke from the fires would save the crop.

It is still unknown how much they succeeded, but the whole territory of the district was illuminated by the light of lights all night, despite the blackout due to falling pillars. Local authorities turned to the population with a request to go to the fields and save the harvest from death.

According to local farmers, in Istaravshan, the snow caused great damage to the vineyards, which only had buds and destroyed 25-30% of the potential harvest.

Left without fruit?

In Khuroson and a number of other regions of the Khatlon region plum, cherry, peaches, apple trees, pears and grapes were affected.

Doctor of Agricultural Sciences Kurbonali Partoev did not exclude the possibility of a negative impact of cold weather on potatoes, and recommended feeding.

“But tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, and melons will have to be sown again,” he summed up. “And for crops like onions, garlic, and greens, snow could not cause damage.”

According to him, gardeners and vegetable growers will need to more actively care for plants, observe agricultural practices, and feed them with mineral and organic fertilizers in a timely manner. According to the scientist, only in this way it is possible to compensate for losses from bad weather.


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