Farmers worried over rain, hailstorm in Sangrur district

  • Gagandeep Singh Gill, Hindustan Times, Sangrur
  • Updated: Mar 30, 2015 20:31 IST

Farmers of the district are having sleepless nights over the untimely rain and hailstorm in the district. The minimum rainfall on Sunday night was recorded at 4.5 mm.

However, the weather department has forecast a heavy rain, hailstorm and high velocity winds from March 31 to April 2.

According to the records available with the district agriculture office, a total of 2,84,000 hectares of land is under wheat cultivation.

Agriculture development officer Amarjit Singh said that the office has predicted a yield of 55.05 quintal per hectare and is hoping for a total production of 15.63 lakh quintals in the district.

In 2013-14 season, a total of 2,85,000 hectare land was under wheat cultivation and a yield of54.98 quintal per hectare was recorded. The total yield was recorded at 15.67 quintals.

Amarjit Singh said, "Only 5% of the crop is damaged so far in the district." He said if the prediction by the met department comes to be true, then it might affect the assessment and they might get less yield.

Gurcharan Singh Kular, president of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal), said the damage is higher than what has been claimed by the district agriculture office and demanded Rs 5,000 per acre as compensation to farmers.

Deputy commissioner Arshbir Singh Thind said, "Whenever we get the information regarding the crop damage and field functionaries send us the report, we are duty-bound to act according to the FCR guidelines."

A small-time farmer from Mandvi village Jatinder Singh said, "I have only four acres of land in which almost half of the wheat crop is damaged."

He is not the single case. Ramandeep and Balwinder Singh from Sunam have the same tale to tell and demanded adequate compensation from the government.

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