Rain brings residents, farmers a smile

  • Rameshinder Singh Sandhu, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jun 23, 2015 22:45 IST

Light showers brought a big relief to the city residents from the scorching heat on Tuesday. The rainfall these days is a boon for paddy growers.Chandigarh Meterological Centre had already predicted rainfall this week, and according to an official, showers can lash the city in the next two days as well and temperature can vary between 26 to 36 degrees. From June 27 till 29, weather forecast expects rain.

The agricultural experts and farmers said irrigation is highly required for paddy cultivation as it decreases dependence on tube wells.

Rajinder Kaur Kalra, head, extension education, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), said, "During the wheat season, rainfall was worrying the farmers but it the need of the hour now for paddy cultivation. With the reduction in temperature, it becomes easier for labourers and farmers to work in fields."

Gurmeet Singh Buttar, additional director of extension education, PAU, said, "The best part about rain these days is that pressure on ground water will decline. It should not be ignored that there is a lot of shortage of electricity in our state."

Darshan Singh Deol, a farmer from a village near Raikot town, said, "All paddy farmers are hoping for rainy days in this kharif season otherwise there will be a burden on their pockets. It is good that in rainy days are expected this week."

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