Rains lashed Madhya Pradesh’s western Malwa-Nimad region in the last 24 hours raising concern among farmers about damage of rabi crops — especially wheat, gram and mustard. Only 10% of the crops have been harvested so far.
In Indore, brisk, broken spells of rains forced the day temperature to slip 11 degrees below normal on Friday. The city received eight millimeters of rains from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm taking the total rainfall to 15.4 milimetres starting from March 1.
Friday’s fall in day temperature was the second lowest this season. On March 8 the day’s temperature was recorded at 19 degrees Celsius which was 13 degrees below normal. Indore recorded a maximum temperature of 22.8 degrees Celsius which was 11 degrees below normal on Friday.
Moisture-laden winds blew from different directions up to a speed of 20km per hour. Morning and evening humidity was recorded 89% and 78% respectively. The meteorological department has predicted more rains at isolated places in the next 48 hours. "Thunder and hailstorm may accompany rains," meteorologist ER Chintalu said.
UJJAIN: Rains accompanied by hailstorm have bent 60% of wheat crops while drenching harvested crops kept in open at grain mandis. Farmer Bharat Singh Bais said the rains have pulled off wheat grains from stalks damaging 60 to 70% of his crops.
At the same time rains which began on Thursday night and continued till Friday morning disrupted the city’s power supply.
DEWAS: Rains in Bagali, Pipalrawa, Nemavar, Chapra, Kannod and Kantaphod village severely affected crops. The assistant director of agriculture department, Abbas, said the farmers have been asked to avoid cutting crops till the rains get over.
Rabi crops have grown in 2.80 lakh hectares of which wheat crops occupy 1.39 lakh hectare of the area while gram covers 1.31 lakh hectares.
DHAR: Unseasoned rains disrupted normal life in the district. Brisk rain spells accompanied by hailstorm have harmed crops in Badnavar, Bagh, Tanda and surrounding areas.
District agriculture officer RP Kaneriya said a survey team has been formed to assess the damage to wheat, gram and vegetables. Farmers have been told to hold back harvesting till the rains get over.
RATLAM: Widespread heavy rains, which brought hailstorm, have severely damaged the crops in Alote and Taal development blocks. According to reports, 50 villages have been affected in Alot block alone.
Talod and Patan villages have been worst hit. There are reports of crop damage from Jaora and Piploda block as well. Hailstorm was received in Birmawal and Ratlam blocks too.
BARWANI: Barwani was comparatively spared by the rains. Though accompanied by thunder and lightning, rains were light in the district.
The deputy director of the Agriculture department, Sunil Dube, said there is no damage to wheat crops sown in 43,000 hectares so far but wheat may lose colour if more rains occur. Rabi crops have been harvested in 5000 hectares.
KHARGONE: Rains occurring for the last three days have damaged wheat and gram crops to a considerable extent.
Wheat grains have worn off the stalks forcing aggrieved farmers to demand compensation from the state government. Shivaji Yadav, a farmer from Beed village, said the rains have flattened the wheat crops in farms.
The agriculture scientists say that crops stocked in farms have also been affected as the size of grains has shrunk.
KHANDWA: Unseasonal rainfall and thunder storm have affected rabi and cash crops. Junapani village farmer Satish Malakar said wheat crops which were ready to be harvested have suffered damage because of rains.
Heavy rains which started from 9.30 am continued till 12.30 pm. It disrupted normal life. The city's maximum and minimum temperature was recorded at 30 degrees celsius and 19 degrees Celsius respectively.
District collector MK Agrawal directed the revenue department officials to carry out survey to know the damage.
(Contributed by Sunil Magariya, Nitin Gupta, Chhotu Shastri, Animesh Jain, D K Sharma, Yadavendra Singh and Suinil Kerhalkar)