Faridkot, Muktsar receive less rainfall this year, farmers worried

  • Raghbir Singh Brar, Hindustan Times, Faridkot/Muktsar
  • Updated: Jul 05, 2014 20:41 IST

Faridkot and Muktsar districts have received less rainfall this time as compared to the last year, adding to worries of paddy farmers here.

The paddy crop largely depends on rain in both the districts with the onset of the monsoon, which has already begun.

If there is no sufficient rainfall in July and August, the input cost of sowing of paddy goes up as farmers would have to spend more on fuel to irrigate the crop.

Faridkot received 75 % less rainfall last month as compared to the corresponding period last year. In June last, it had received 148 mm rainfall while it received only 38 mm rainfall in June this time.
In July last year, Faridkot had received about 117 mm rainfall.

"The district has received about 30 mm rainfall in the first three days of July so far and if it continues like this, it may catch up with the last year's figure," said Dr Amandeep Keshav, project director, Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) Faridkot.

"If the district faces shortage of rainfall during the main season, it may lead to more input cost of paddy. Faridkot has about 1 lakh hectares under paddy and basmati crops alone and about 15,000 hectares under cotton crop. So paddy is the main crop which would be affected if there is less rainfall," said Amandeep.

"Muktsar district received about 92 mm rainfall from June to July 3 this year while it had received about 130 mm last year during the same period," said Beant Singh, chief agriculture officer, Muktsar.

"The shortfall of rain will have no impact on crops in the Muktsar as most parts of the district are already facing the problem of waterlogging. All the crops are in a very good condition so far," he added.

"A poor monsoon does not have much impact on the crops in the area as farmers have artificial means of irrigation such as tubewells etc. Whenever there is less rainfall, it leads to good yield as crops remain free of diseases and pest attacks. But it would certainly have an effect on the input cost since the farmers have to run generators etc to irrigate the crops," said a commission agent from Kotkapura.

Draught-like situation affects small and marginal farmers whose margins squeeze further because of the limited resources they have.

But in some villages, people have started facing the shortage of rainfall.

"We are facing really tough situation in our village. We have no water in the paddy crop since we received little rainfall so far," said Gurwinder Singh, a farmer from Jhakkar Wala village of the district.

Some parts of Faridkot and Muktsar districts received adequate rainfall on Thursday though Muktsar town remained largely dry.

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