Thursday, April 5, 2018

Apples beat the heat, thrive in Kerameri

Apples in a field in Dhanora in Kerameri
The sight of apples hanging from some trees in Dhanora of Kerameri mandal in Kumarambheem Asiffabda district in the summer will surely surprise one and all, since the fruit is known to grow only in the cold weather conditions.

Kerameri is gradually being seen as among the more suitable place in the state for apple plantations. 

The blossoming apples leave people passing by the agriculture field of a progressive farmers Balaji Kendre stunned.

Presently, the apples are still raw and green, they will change colour in the coming days as they ripen.    

Mr Kendra of Dhanora said that the ‘Hariman’ variety of  apple plants that he raised in his field have adapted to the hot weather conditions and are now bearing fruit even in the summer. He said that nearly 100 apple trees are in cropping stage; each has 150-200 apples.

Mr Kendre said that the fruits will turn reddish in colour in about a month; ready to be plucked.

He said that presently, temperatures in the areas is around 35-37 Degree Celsius but the apple trees are as productive. He said that it was only two years ago that he had planted the trees and he planned to start commercial operations by next year.

It is learnt that Kendre removed some flowers to reduce the weight on the  trees so that they don’t snap  or break into two.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Communalism spreads at the cost of harmony

 police bandobast in communal sensitive Nirmal town 

New towns in the old Adilabad district turning to be communally sensitive areas is becoming cause of concern for not just police authorities but also locals.

Though the district had several such sensitive towns, those like Kagaznagar, Utnoor, Gudihathnoor,  Neredigonda, Ichoda and Khanapur are  now added to the list.

Police said that there have been protests or support rallies in these towns to some communal incident in the district or any other part of the country.

Advertisements are being put up, appealing to people to take part in religious events, and youth from outside the area are there to garner support.

It is fact that the small number of youth cannot do any such event on their own in their respective villages.          

Police pointed to a clash between two communities in Utnoor to which there was a reaction in Adilabad where the situation had turned tense.

Neredigonda had become communal sensitive and youth of different communities are active posting comments on social networking sites against each other.

Neredigonda  SI S. Venkanna said a case had been registered against one Althamash Choush for posting Facebook comments appealing to take the incident seriously that took place on March 25 in Nirmal and a case was also registered against Syed Mazar who supported his comments on March26.  

The police department have been holding peace committee meetings with the representatives of both the communities before  the important religious festivals and made appeals for peace and harmony.

Leaders of a particular community lodged a complaint against a person who posted a video speaking against a community and shared it on social media and subsequently communal clashes took place in the Utnoor in May, 2017.

Two days after that, there was an incident of communal nature in Adilabad town where it was found that CCTV cameras in the vicinity were not functioning. However, made an arrest.        

Referring to the communal clash in Nirmal, Minister Allola Indrakaran Reddy said people in the area had been living in communal harmony for long, but some political parties were encouraging communal clashes for votes in the coming elections.

He said  police did not given permission for Hanuman Rally and also Urs procession following the communal clash.