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Inclement weather worries farmers, slows down harvesting

punjab Updated: Apr 13, 2013 21:50 IST
HT Correspondent

The inclement/cloudy weather on Saturday has worried farmers who are about to harvest the crop in a couple of days.

The cloudy sky is also leading to a delay in the harvesting, done by combine harvesters. If it rains or the wind blows, small farmers who have started getting their crop reaped manually would be at the receiving end as the winds scatter the reaped crop which is yet to be bundled in shieves and besides it takes more days to become dry for threshing.

Due to the cloudy sky, there were few combine harvesters seen in the fields on Saturday. "The weather is worrisome, we want about two weeks of full sunny days so that we may finish all the work of reaping the wheat crop and then making straw for cattle," said Dharam Singh, a farmer from Panjgrian Kalan village.

"The rains are unwelcome now but the sky is looking cloudy, which resulted in a shade on the crops. The wheat crop takes about six months to mature and most of the farmers pin their hopes on it till the paddy arrival in October," said Gurmeet from Duareana village.

Bad weather would affect all harvest and produe lying in the market, he added.