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In Pictures: Apple economy latest casualty in Kashmir

Updated : 2019-10-17 18:40:31

Kashmir's apple orchards, backbone of the economy and livelihood for nearly half the people living there, are deserted with fruit rotting on the trees at a time when they should be bustling with harvesters. Losses are mounting as insurgent groups pressure pickers, traders and drivers to shun the industry to protest an government crackdown.

In this Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, photo, a Kashmiri man plucks apples at an orchard in Wuyan, south of Srinagar, Kashmir. Kashmir’s apple orchards, a backbone of the economy that supports nearly half the people living there, are deserted, crops rotting on the trees at a time when they should be bustling with harvesters.  (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
In this Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, photo, a Kashmiri man plucks apples at an orchard in Wuyan, south of Srinagar, Kashmir. Kashmir’s apple orchards, a backbone of the economy that supports nearly half the people living there, are deserted, crops rotting on the trees at a time when they should be bustling with harvesters.  (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
In this Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 photo, a Kashmiri farmer Jamshed Ahmad plucks apples at his orchard in Wuyan, south of Srinagar, Kashmir. The apple trade, worth $1.6 billion in exports in 2017, accounts for nearly a fifth of Kashmir’s economy and provides livelihoods for 3.3 million. This year, less than 10% of the harvested apples had left the region by Oct. 6.  (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
In this Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 photo, a Kashmiri farmer Jamshed Ahmad plucks apples at his orchard in Wuyan, south of Srinagar, Kashmir. The apple trade, worth $1.6 billion in exports in 2017, accounts for nearly a fifth of Kashmir’s economy and provides livelihoods for 3.3 million. This year, less than 10% of the harvested apples had left the region by Oct. 6.  (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
In this Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 photo, a Kashmiri farmer Imtiyaz Ahmad plucks apples at his orchard in Wuyan, south of Srinagar, Kashmir. The apple trade, worth $1.6 billion in exports in 2017, accounts for nearly a fifth of Kashmir’s economy and provides livelihoods for 3.3 million.  (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
In this Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 photo, a Kashmiri farmer Imtiyaz Ahmad plucks apples at his orchard in Wuyan, south of Srinagar, Kashmir. The apple trade, worth $1.6 billion in exports in 2017, accounts for nearly a fifth of Kashmir’s economy and provides livelihoods for 3.3 million.  (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
In this Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 photo, Kashmiri pluck apples at an orchard in Wuyan, south of Srinagar, Kashmir. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
In this Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 photo, Kashmiri pluck apples at an orchard in Wuyan, south of Srinagar, Kashmir. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
In this Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 photo, a Kashmiri farmer Imtiyaz Ahmad transports apples on a wheelbarrow inside his orchard in Wuyan, south of Srinagar,  Kashmir. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
In this Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 photo, a Kashmiri farmer Imtiyaz Ahmad transports apples on a wheelbarrow inside his orchard in Wuyan, south of Srinagar,  Kashmir. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
In this Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, photo, Kashmiri farmer Sheeraz Ahmad plucks apples in his neighbor's orchard in Wuyan, south of Srinagar, Kashmir. Apple growers call it a
In this Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, photo, Kashmiri farmer Sheeraz Ahmad plucks apples in his neighbor's orchard in Wuyan, south of Srinagar, Kashmir. Apple growers call it a "silent war declared on their stomachs."AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Apple growers were expecting a bumper crop this year. Now, they say, losses are in the millions of dollars and the business might suffer its worst year since the beginning of the insurgency that has resulted in almost 70,000 deaths.(AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Apple growers were expecting a bumper crop this year. Now, they say, losses are in the millions of dollars and the business might suffer its worst year since the beginning of the insurgency that has resulted in almost 70,000 deaths.(AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
In this Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 photo, a pile of rotten apples lie in an orchard in Wuyan, south of Srinagar, Kashmir. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
In this Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 photo, a pile of rotten apples lie in an orchard in Wuyan, south of Srinagar, Kashmir. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
In this Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 photo,Kashmiri farmers drink tea during a break at an orchard in Wuyan, south of Srinagar, Kashmir.  (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
In this Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 photo,Kashmiri farmers drink tea during a break at an orchard in Wuyan, south of Srinagar, Kashmir.  (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
In this Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 photo, fallen apples lay rotting on the ground in an orchard in Wuyan, south of Srinagar,  Kashmir. The apple trade, worth $1.6 billion in exports in 2017, accounts for nearly a fifth of Kashmir's economy and provides livelihoods for 3.3 million. This year, less than 10 percent of the harvested apples had left the region by October 6. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
In this Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 photo, fallen apples lay rotting on the ground in an orchard in Wuyan, south of Srinagar,  Kashmir. The apple trade, worth $1.6 billion in exports in 2017, accounts for nearly a fifth of Kashmir's economy and provides livelihoods for 3.3 million. This year, less than 10 percent of the harvested apples had left the region by October 6. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
In this Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, photo, government officers, in-charge of quality control, inspect apples before buying them from farmers at a wholesale market on the outskirts of Srinagar, Kashmir. AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
In this Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, photo, government officers, in-charge of quality control, inspect apples before buying them from farmers at a wholesale market on the outskirts of Srinagar, Kashmir. AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
In this Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 photo, Kashmiri farmer Rayees Ahmad shows a pile of rotten apples inside his orchard in Wuyan, south of Srinagar, Kashmir. The apple trade, worth $1.6 billion in exports in 2017, accounts for nearly a fifth of Kashmir’s economy and provides livelihoods for 3.3 million. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
In this Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 photo, Kashmiri farmer Rayees Ahmad shows a pile of rotten apples inside his orchard in Wuyan, south of Srinagar, Kashmir. The apple trade, worth $1.6 billion in exports in 2017, accounts for nearly a fifth of Kashmir’s economy and provides livelihoods for 3.3 million. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
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