Apple growers in south Kashmir are concerned about the outbreak of alternaria leaf blotch in orchards, causing huge scars on the leaves of trees. According to apple growers, the disease became evident on the leaves and trees spread over vast tracts of land after recent incessant rains.
One grower from Pulwama said that those trees are shedding leaves and it could hit the yield of fruits. “We have sprayed different types of insecticides but still the disease is spreading rapidly,” he stated. Meanwhile, authorities have issued an advisory, asking orchardists to ensure proper orchard sanitation.