Bashir Ahmad War, the foremost growers who introduced the kiwifruit cultivation in Kashmir, has passed away last Sunday night, at 69 years old. War, a resident of Warpora Sopore, was a law graduate from Aligarh Muslim University. He was a member of the Horticulture Board. Most of the time, he would remain busy with the fruit business and his own apple orchards.
He spent last three years in creating a kiwifruit orchard near his home. He had brought the saplings from Himachal Pradesh. He made it possible and started cultivating the fruit on a commercial basis with the least inputs.