Wait for officials of procuring agencies to procure main paddy crop gets longer as it will take another one week for the crop to reach grain markets.
With paddy procuring paddy season running its 14th day, the procuring agencies were expecting main crop to arrive at purchasing centres by October 10 but this season's procuring session has yet to gain momentum.
Due to bad weather and unexpected rainfall for the past few days, harvest of the crop got delayed.
Abut Monday's bright sunshine brought cheers on the face of farmers and officials of procuring agencies as better weather conditions will help dry wet paddy at grain markets and fields.
According to agricultural experts fearing problems of increased moisture content in the wet standing crop, farmers have delayed harvesting till their crop get fully dry.
However, many farmers have already harvested their crops 10-12 days earlier fearing more rainfall and strong winds.
So far, around 83,000 metric ton paddy yields reached grain markets in Patiala out of which 71,000 have already been purchased.
Chief agricultural officer Balwinder Singh Sohal said though unfavourable weather conditions have delayed harvesting but the crop will start reaching grain markets by the end of this week.
"Many of the varieties including PUSA 44, PR 122, 117, 118 take some time to get fully reaped. Early varieties including PUSA Punjab 1509 and 1121 have reached purchasing centres,"he said.
In Patiala, around 2.31-lakh hectare is under paddy cultivation, while authorities expect around 14-lakh metric ton of yield. In Sangrur, around 2.44-lakh hectare has been covered by paddy and around 16.50-lakh metric ton paddy yield is expected to reach grain markets across the district.
Sohal said it will be beneficial for farmers if they harvest dry crop as it would be easy to control moisture content at later stages, whereas farmers who had already harvested their crops but still had not taken it to grain markets may face problem.
Sangrur CAO Rajinder Singh Sohi said after carrying out surveys across the district, it was found that the crop was still immature in many places and will take more than 10 days to be ready for harvest.
"Our field officers have already advised farmers to harvest their crop from 10am to 5pm to avoid moisture in their crop,"he said.