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Hailstorm Damages Crops

08 April 2010

BHUTAN - A three-day severe hailstorm in Bhutan has damaged hundreds of acres of crops.

The storm pounded four villages, affecting dozens of households and their farms.

Some 104 acres of maize fields have been damaged, the Kuensel Newspaper reported, as well as hundreds of acres of other crops.

"Yields of the damaged crops could be affected. If damage is severe, the crops have to replanted," H P Adhikari, Dzongkhag agricultural officer, told the news provider.

Residents in the area are used to such hailstorms, but said the recent event was a particularly strong one.

More than two-thirds of the Bhutanese population is engaged in agriculture, making it the most important source of employment and rural livelihood.

There are nine staple food crops grown in the region, including rice, maize, wheat, barley and pulses, with cereals making up three-quarters of the diet composition of its people.

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