Heavy rain on Friday not only brought pleasant weather but also enough reasons for farmers to get worried as the delayed rain in the last five days may have adverse impact on the paddy crop pattern in Punjab.
As per figures, 61.3 mm rainfall has been registered in the last five days which is much higher than the figures of previous years.The Met department recorded 33.9 mm rainfall on Friday, a figure higher than the rainfall recorded in the year 2013, in which only 32.2 mm of rainfall was recorded, the lowest in a decade.
The paddy crop, which is at the growing stage right now, needs dry weather but continuous rain may harm the quality of the crop.As per agriculture experts, a heavy spell of rain would affect farmers who had sown the paddy crop at the start of the season and were now ready for cultivation.
Major crops like paddy, including basmati, cotton and maize are in danger due to heavy rains.
Forecasts by weather officials revealed that heavy rains may continue in the district for the next 24-48 hours which has added to the anxiety of farmers.
However, agriculture officials said heavy rainfall in the last few days was proving to be a boon for the paddy farmers in the state who were worried about the future of their crops due to the long dry spell in the month of August.
Prem Singh, a farmer said, “My crop is ready for harvesting but due to rains, it will need some more days to get back in shape. If the rains continue in the coming days as well, farmers will have to bear heavy losses.”
Satnam Singh, another farmer, said that heavy spell of showers, accompanied with strong winds, had flattened his paddy crop and the quality of their crop would be affected if rains continued.
Swatantra Kumar Aeri, chief agriculture officer (CAO), said that as some farmers had sown their paddy crop before time, the rain might have some effect on their crops but otherwise, the rain was welcome at this stage for the good quality of paddy.