Frost has caused widespread damage to vegetables, fruits and flowers in Punjab where the state government has ordered a survey to gauge the actual loss caused to the potato crop by the current weather conditions.
According to a report submitted by Punjab Horticulture department to the state government, frost has caused maximum damage to potato, tomato and peas in the range of 15 to 30 per cent during the past few days.
About three lakh metric tonne of potato crop grown over 54000 hectares has been completely damaged in Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur districts.
Similarly, frost has caused a loss of 17,000 metric tonne of tomato crop which was sown on about 8300 hectares in Ludhiana, Kapurthala districts, said Baldev Singh, Director, Punjab Horticulture Department.
Peas have also been adversely affected by frost with 10,000 metric tonne of crop being hit. The report also highlighted the considerable damaged caused by frost to wide range of flowers including marigold and rose.
About 28,000 quintals of flowers including seed quality have been damaged by the cold wave conditions in Bathinda and Moga districts.