Light to moderate rains today lashed most parts of Punjab and Haryana, delaying harvesting of wheat crop and causing loss to the stock lying in the open in the grain market for auctioning and procurement purposes.
Rain showers accompanied by heavy velocity winds also dampened the spirits of agriculture department officials and farmers who were expecting a bumper wheat crop this season, officials said here.
Farmers said they were waiting for a couple of days more before harvesting the crop to ensure there is no moisture content and procurement gathers pace but the rain flattened their crop, they said.
Meanwhile, procurement agencies have made it clear that they would buy only wheat with minimum amount of moisture content.
Procurement agencies officials said prolonged winter conditions had delayed harvesting as mature ear heads that turn golden by this time of the year are still green in certain areas of the twin agrarian states.
Meanwhile, the rains brought down the maximum temperature in the region by two to three degree Celsius, the Met office said.
The rain accompanied with squall was the result of western disturbances, they said.
Bhiwani was drenched by 16.8 mm rain, followed by 15.4 mm at Ambala, 14.5 mm at Patiala, 5.8 mm at Karnal, 5 mm at Chandigarh, 4.1 mm at Rohtak and 0.8 mm at Hisar. Amritsar had 18 mm of rainfall while Ludhiana was drenched by 3.4 mm rain.
Meanwhile, a report from Shimla said the Metrological Office had warned that hailstorms are likely to occur in plains and middle hills of Himachal during the next 24 hours. Rain or snow was also likely to occur in parts of Himachal during the period.
Rain lashed many parts of the state and snowfall occurred on the high reaches. Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti received 5 mm snowfall and 3 mm rain, while high reaches of Kullu, Kinnuar, Kangra, Chamba and Shimla received light to moderate snowfall.
In Chamba district, Saloni had 63 mm rain, Tissa 56 mm, Dharamsala in Kangra 23 mm, Udaipur in Lahaul Spiti 22 mm and Sangla in Kinnuar 18 mm.