Heavy rain lashed the district on Monday evening bringing relief to the people from the sweating heat.
"The rain is welcome. The crops needed it. The paddy transplantation has just ended on most of fields and the plantation of basmati has begun. While it helps in the vegetative growth of paddy, at the same time there would be no problem of preparing fields for the transplantation of basmati too. Moreover, it would help save the subsoil water because when it rains, the tubewells in many fields are kept off or made to work for fewer hours. In case of a drought-like situation, the farmers pump out ground water more than 8 hours with the help of generators," said Sukhjinder Singh Brar, a farmer from Behbal Khurad village.
While the rain would bring relief from immense heat, it would also lead to problems of sewerage water in towns like Jaitu, Kotkapura and Faridkot as low-lying areas would remain water-logged for many days.
Besides paddy and basmati, the rain is also beneficial for the cotton and fodder crops. But, it may delay the reaping of the moong crop, which is almost mature though it is on a very small area.
"The rain has also brought a lot of relief for landless people like us who make both ends meet by grazing sheep, other cattle and goat because it leads to sprouting of the grass on empty plots and along the sides of roads. Otherwise, when there is a long drought-like situation in summers, we find it very hard to survive," said Shainy Singh, a sheep-rearer from Devi Wala village.
According to weather prediction, more rain is likely in days to come.