Dark clouds loom over Punjab’s golden harvest

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 18, 2014 07:29 IST

Light to moderate rainfall in Punjab and Haryana on Thursday made farmers worried for their crop. Dark clouds still hover over the fields at many places in the northwest plains.

The weather office here has predicted more rain in the region in the next two days. There has been no damage to the crop, so far, but the Punjab agriculture department has cautioned farmers not to harvest the wet crop, as it would diminish their returns at the procurement centres.

“The farmers should wait for the crop to dry out in the fields, as only a hailstorm can lead to damage,” said Punjab agriculture director Mangal Singh Sandhu.

There is forecast of rain in the next 24 to 36 hours with a slight increase in intensity and spread, and decline afterwards. However the Met predicts no heavy rain in Punjab, Haryana or Chandigarh.

Karnal in Haryana received maximum (7 millimetre) rainfall of the day in the northwest plains, with Ambala and Kaithal (2 mm each) placed next in the state. In Punjab, Kapur thala, Jalandhar and Moga received 4 mm rainfall each, while Ludhiana, Rupnagar and Patiala received 2 mm, besides a drizzle in Bathinda.

In Patiala, rain stalled procurement and lifting process and forced damage surveys. The flattening of standing crop was reported from Ghanaur, Nabha, Bhadson, Patiala and Patran blocks.

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