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Fresh rain next week threatens Rabi crop

Last modified March 30, 2016 08:32

Mint. New Delhi, 25 March 2016

The state forecaster has predicted another spell of rain and hail in parts of northwest and central India, triggering fears of damage to Rabi crop ready for harvest. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that heavy rain, thunder squall and hail is likely in some areas of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and West Rajasthan. At the end of the week, rainfall and hail can be expected in some areas of Uttar Pradesh, east Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha in Maharashtra. A western disturbance is likely to affect the western Himalayan region and plains of northwest India from Thursday, according to an IMD bulletin.

“All the crops are almost in harvest stage and heavy rain at this stage will not be good for these crops. But this system may not be as strong as the previous one, we are monitoring the system closely,” said N. Chattopadhyay, deputy director general of the agricultural meteorology, IMD Pune. Unseasonal rain and hailstorm have damaged winter crops in parts of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Major crops to suffer damage were wheat, chickpea and mustard. Farmers in 15 states bore the brunt of unseasonal rain in March and April last year—just ahead of the winter harvest— which led to a 7% drop in wheat production in 2014-15 compared with the previous year.

Source: Agriculture Today, AgriNews, <sanjay.km15@gmail.com>

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