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Unexpected rainfall dents 'perfect' sowing season, irks farmers

Navrajdeep Singh , Hindustan Times  Patiala, October 10, 2013
First Published: 22:26 IST(10/10/2013) | Last Updated: 22:29 IST(10/10/2013)

Unexpected rains for past few days have put the farmers into jeopardy affecting the sowing and reaping season, which ad witnessed 'perfect' weather conditions initially.

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Farmers are worried over sudden deterioration of weather at the time when standing crop is completely reaped and ready for harvesting next week.

Due to heavy rainfall and strong winds lashed on several parts of Patiala and Sangrur in the past one week, many farmers are harvesting their crops early as threats of major damage to their production haunt them.

According to agricultural experts farmers may find it difficult to control moisture content in their yield besides threats of blackening of grains if these conditions prolong for some more days.

The problems are acute for the farmers whose yield has been lying in the grain markets. In these rainy conditions, farmers may need more days to sell their crops.

Sources said, in Patiala, around 2.3-lakh hectare is under paddy cultivation, while authorities are expecting around 14-lakh metric ton of yield to reach grain markets across the district.

In Sangrur, around 2.4-lakh hectare has been covered by paddy and around 16.5-lakh metric ton of paddy yield is expected.

Sangrur chief agriculture officer Rajinder Singh Sohi said in their district more than 90% of crops is still standing in the fields and need another five to six days to get fully matured.

"Such weather conditions may cause trouble for farmers as threats of discolour of grains loom large especially in those areas where crop is still immature,"he said.

He said such weather conditions would also increase moisture content in the crop than permissible limits.

"In case of heavy rainfall, farmers should not allow water logging in their fields to avoid increase in the moisture content,"he said.

As per norms of centre government, purchasing agencies were allowed to purchase only paddy containing 17% or below moisture content.

Patiala CAO Balwinder Singh Sohal said though rainfall at this time was not at all beneficial for the farmers and paddy as well but farmers are already advised to harvest paddy in dry conditions only.

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