The district received a heavy rain on Thursday morning bringing a smile on the faces of farmers and locals.Farmers, who had been getting less than six hours of power supply daily, had been desperate to save the paddy crop.
Chief agriculture officer Sukhwant Singh Sran said, "Faridkot has received 74mm rain, which is welcome for crops like paddy and cotton."
He said the rain was equally good for reducing the pest attack on cotton and paddy. The attack of sucking insects on cotton was seen and the insects would have been washed away by the heavy rain and the farmers can feel relieved, he said.
The district has grown paddy and cotton on most area; besides, the transplantation of basmati has nearly finished. The moong crop which was grown on a small area has also been reaped.
"In Punjab, the absence of rain for a brief period leads to drought-like situation as it is a fully agrarian state and most of the area is under cultivation. But strangely, heavy showers lead to flood-like situation. When it rains heavily, the fields fill with water and we also let most of the precious rainwater go waste as there is no rain harvesting system," said a Faridkot resident.
The poor sewerage system and unplanned urbanisation also leads to the flooding of the streets in towns. "In our street, one cannot walk or drive past because it is filled with water during the rains and takes hours to empty," said Raju, a tailor from Kotkapura.