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Heavy rains lash Punjab, considerable damage caused to wheat crop

Moderate to heavy rains lashed most parts of Punjab causing considerable damage to standing wheat crop, whose harvesting has already started at some places.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2009 08:11 IST

Moderate to heavy rains lashed most parts of Punjab causing considerable damage to standing wheat crop, whose harvesting has already started at some places. A fresh Western Disturbance over the region on Monday caused sudden change in weather, with widespread rains lashing Punjab during the day.

Heavy rains lashed Ferozepur, Moga, Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Batala while Patiala, Ludhiana, Hoshiarpur and Kapurthala received moderate amount of rains. Hailstorm also lashed Moga.

During the past fornight, it was for the fourth time that the region had received unseasonal rains, the Meteorological Department said here.

"Rains at this stage are dangerous for the wheat crop. Already, the wheat crop at some places had developed moisture due to earlier rains affecting its quality. Now, the latest spell of rains is bound to affect the quality and badly hit its yield this season," Associate Professor with the Department of Agro-Meteorology Department, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Dr LK Dhaliwal told PTI.

She said that rains will also cause water-logging which many hamper its harvesting. "I will advise the farmers to delay harvesting by a few days, if they can," she said.

Reports reaching here said the wheat crop brought for procurement and lying in the open at some places in the state had also suffered damage due to rains.