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Mercury rises in Kashmir valley

india Updated: Feb 17, 2009 23:22 IST

Kashmir valley is witnessing a warm weather in last few days, an unusual feature for this time of the year, which experts view as a "serious threat" to agriculture and horticulture.

The minimum temperature in Jammu and Kashmir's summer capital rose three notches above normal to settle at 3.5 degrees on Tuesday morning, Met office said.

The maximum temperature also remained five degrees above normal yesterday to hover around 13.2 degree Celsius.

Places such as Kokernag, Qazigund, Pahalgam and kupwara recorded a low of 3.0, 2.6, 1.2 and 0.7 degree Celsius respectively.

However, this unusual feature has worried the experts, who say that such a change in weather is a "serious threat" to agriculture and horticulture in the valley.

"The increase in temperature will lead to decline in agricultural and horticulture products this season," said Dr Bashir Ahmad Khanday, a scientist at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture, Science and Technology (SKUAST).

Khanday said almonds, apples, mustard and other products are likely to germinate before the scheduled time, leading to decline of nearly 25 per cent of the productivity.