The light showers that hit Karnal and adjoining district intermittently since Wednesday night have left wheat growers in the region worried about their crops.
Farmers, who are already facing damages to their standing crops due to unseasonal rains this season, fear further losses due to delayed harvesting.
According to official information, only 5% of the wheat has been harvested in Karnal while in Kurukshetra around 10% wheat has been harvested.
"This year, the harvesting has been being delayed in an unprecedented manner. Last year, nearly 50% wheat had been harvested by Baisakhi but the unseasonal rains have played a spoilsport," said Pradeep Meel, deputy director, agriculture, Karnal, on Thursday.
Meel advised farmers against panic harvesting. "Farmers should wait till the weather is clear. It is very important that grain gets enough time to dry otherwise farmers may face problem in the mandis if the produce retains high moisture content," he said.
Johar Singh from Dabkauli Kalan in the district is yet to harvest wheat on 18-acre land.
"I harvested two acres but there is no buyer in Karnal grain market. I am waiting with two trolley loads of wheat since Wednesday morning. While the government procurement officials have yet to check my produce, commission agents are hinting at buying wheat at `200/quintal less than the minimum support price of `1,450 citing high moisture content and discoloration," he said.
Another farmer, Dalwinder Singh of Kurali village, said he had taken 30 acres of land on lease for `50,000/acre.
"I was hoping for a bumper crop. Last year, I had produced nearly 25 quintal wheat from an acre whereas this time I fear the yield will dip to 14 quintal per acre," he said while asking for a bailout for the hapless farmers.
A press release statement issued by the district administration said that total 56,889 metric tonne wheat had arrived in various mandis till Thursday.
Entire lot has been purchased by the different government agencies at `1,450/quintal, said deputy commissioner of Karnal J Ganesan.
Grain market at Gharaunda has registered the maximum arrival of 13,180 MT whereas Karnal has registered the arrival at 7,976 MT till Thursday.