The rainfall along with high-velocity winds extensively damaged the paddy crop in Ludhiana district on Tuesday thus adding to the woes of the farmers. Recent rain has been detrimental to the standing crop and the yield is likely to be affected adversely. Farmers are hoping that that the government will come to their aid in the crisis that may follow.
“Heavy rains, just before paddy procurement, may affect the quality of grain and increase moisture content in standing paddy plants. The current spell of rain is not good for paddy including basmati as the crops are almost ready for harvest,” Bhartiya Kisan Union (Rajewal) President Balbir Singh Rajewal said. District agricultural Officer (DAO) Sukhpal Singh Sekhon added, “Around this time, pollination takes place and rains are not only hampering the pollination process but also flattening the crop.”
Farmers Baljeet Singh and Ravinder Singh, from Gill village lamented: “Weather is the biggest challenge of farming. During wheat season too, rain played a spoilsport and now the same is happening with paddy.”
Gurmeet Singh Buttar, additional director of extension at PAU , said, “The crop currently needs the sun. If rain and strong wind continues across the state, yield will decline which will further delay harvest and procurement.”
(With agency inputs)