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No rain in Sangrur and Barnala; farmers' worries multiply

Even as many parts of the state have received heavy pre monsoon rainfall Sangrur and Barnala districts have not reported any. Due to this farmers of both the districts are finding it hard to irrigate their paddy fields.

punjab Updated: Jul 08, 2012 19:06 IST
HT Correspondent

Even as many parts of the state have received heavy pre monsoon rainfall Sangrur and Barnala districts have not reported any.


Due to this farmers of both the districts are finding it hard to irrigate their paddy fields. Small land owners who are totally dependent on monsoons to sow paddy have more reasons to worry.

"Delayed monsoons have postponed paddy sowing process and it was very difficult to irrigate farms using diesel pumps and other resources. We are expecting rainfall in the first month of July but present monsoon conditions have deterred our spirits", said Darshan Singh of Badrukha village.

Another farmer Santokh Singh said if it does not rain in the coming days; he will have to take loans to irrigate his fields. "The longer the delay the more it would cost to cultivate paddy. I sowed my paddy crop on June 20 but I have not been able to irrigate it even once."

However rainfall in adjacent areas has brought down the mercury levels giving everyone a welcome break from the unrelenting heat.

Meanwhile, as per the reports of meteorological department, it would take another day or two for the monsoon rains to cover the entire state.