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Intermittent rain brings cheer to wheat growers

Last modified March 14, 2016 14:53

The Tribune. Chandigarh, 07 March 2016

Widespread intermittent showers in the region since last evening brought cheer to farmers as it is being considered beneficial for wheat crop in Haryana and Punjab. It started drizzling in the region on Friday evening bringing day and night temperature down by 2 to 3 °C. Reports of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) showed that the maximum temperature came down from 31.4 °C to 29 °C and minimum 17 to 15 °C in and around Chandigarh in the past 24 hours. The Indian Meteorological Department reports predict rains and thunderstorm during the next two days too. “This is beneficial for the wheat crop, as the showers will help in irrigation as well as in bringing down temperature as is desired at this stage of the crop,” said Dr Ravish Chatrath, principal scientist in the Crop Improvement Department of the Institute of Wheat and Barley Research at Karnal. Chatrath said the government had issued production estimates of 93.82 million metric tonnes for wheat this year. The rain coupled with strong winds lashed parts of Hisar evening raising concerns of Rabi (post rainy season) -growing farmers. The rain occurred in Hisar, Hansi, Adampur, Agroha and Adampur regions. Strong winds have flattened the standing wheat crops in some parts and also likely to cause damage to the crops.

In Bhiwani hailstorm accompanied by windstorm night wreaked havoc on the standing mustard, wheat and vegetable crops in parts of the district, especially in the Bawani Khera block. Saddened by the heavy loss, farmers of six villages, namely Bawani Khera, Rathera, Bohal, Sipas, Jamalpur and Popsa, on Saturday came to visit the Deputy Commissioner office with demands of girdawari to assess the loss. Rajbir Singh of Sipas village said his mustard crop in more than 10 acres was standing ripe and he was expecting a bumper crop this year but a few hours of hailstorm and windstorm flattened it to the ground. Sher Singh, state president of the All-India Kisan Sabha, said the nature’s fury led to loss of crops on 26,000 acres in six villages of the district.

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