About 13 mm of rainfall was recorded here on Monday. The rain, mostly in the forenoon hours, ended a long dry spell and relieved people of intense cold. Though light, yet it is very useful for the crops, according to agriculture officials.
"Our district has received about 13 mm of rainfall, which is very useful for all the crops. Now, farmers may delay irrigation for about a week after the rainfall in many parts of the district at a time when the wheat crop was requiring irrigation. It has also moistened the land and some of the farmers, who have late-sown crop, can apply urea as per recommendations too," said Atma Singh Sidhu, chief agriculture officer, Faridkot.
Gurmeet Singh, a farmer from Bir Sikhan Wala village had started irrigating his wheat crop by running tubewells like some others.
"I was thinking of irrigating the crop, but as canal was closed, so I had to delay it for about two weeks. But, now I shall further delay irrigation for about a week due to the rain," said Balwinder Singh, another farmer from Kotkapura.
But most parts of Muktsar district did not receive any rain. "In the Lambi block, there was some rainfall but in others, there was little rainfall or not at all. I sought information in this regard this morning but, according to our staff, most parts of the district remained dry," said Beant Singh, chief agriculture officer, Muktsar.
In Bathinda, which has most of the area under late-sown wheat after cotton, the rainfall is very useful. Besides it, Bathinda has also sandy soil in parts which require irrigation more often than others. "We have received about 12 mm rainfall which is very good for all the crops. Besides it, the temperature would also be under control for some days instead of shooting up in sunny days," said Rajinder Singh Brar, chief agriculture officer, Bathinda.
Besides wheat and other crops, the rainfall is also useful for the growth of grass on empty spaces, which will be useful for animals to feed on.
This is the second rainfall of the year. Earlier, there was some rainfall on January 13. "But it is only a light rainfall, actually, had it been a heavy rain, it would have been very useful as it would have replaced one irrigation to save a lot of water," said Dharm Singh, a farmer from Faridkot village.