Cherry cultivation is quite significant in the Kashmir Valley, a Horticulture Development official emphasized. "Cherry holds a crucial position in Kashmir's horticulture sector, especially after the strawberry harvest. Cultivated across 333 hectares of land in Srinagar district alone, we witness an impressive yield of approximately 3,000 tons of cherries."
With advancing techniques and the introduction of new varieties, cherry orchards have expanded across the Valley, promising enhanced production and economic opportunities. The economic relief brought by cherries is timely, as it fills the gap left by the autumn harvest season when other fruits dominate the market. The mid-year income generated through cherry cultivation uplifts the spirits of both orchardists and laborers, ensuring financial stability and sustenance during what would otherwise be a lean period.