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Rain robs paddy of its green

punjab Updated: Sep 28, 2013 20:39 IST
Jatinder Kohli

The three-hour heavy rain in various parts of Doaba region early on Saturday morning damaged large areas of ripe paddy in the district.

Agriculture officials said that the showers would bring down the crop yield and would affect the quality of grain, which might turn black.

Farmers who had booked combine machines to harvest the crop would now have to arrange manual labour, which will increase their expenses and affect their income.

This is for the second time that nature's vagaries hit farmers this month. On September 15, a high-velocity storm had flattened the crop in major parts of the district.

Around 1.61 lakh hectares, including 20,000 hectares of basmati, are under paddy throughout the district. The common varieties sown in the area are: PUSA-44, HRK-47, PR-118, Basmati-1509.

Officials said they had expected 9.18 lakh MT yield this season, but after the damage, yield might be limited to around 9 lakh MT. They said besides paddy, maize crop had also been affected.

Tarsem Singh, a farmer from Nahla village, said he had sown paddy on 3 acres but rain had flattened and dampened it. “Now, I will have to arrange labourers to harvest the crop as it would be difficult to reap it with combine machine. The downpour will also affect the grain's quality, which means huge loss,” said Singh.

Balwinder Singh, another farmer, said that he had cultivated PUSA-44 on 10 acres and the entire crop had been flattened. “Grains have even started turning black,” he rued.

Talking to Hindustan Times, chief agriculture officer (CAO) Swatantra Kumar Aeri said: “Farmers will complain of broken or black grains and logging of paddy plants.”

He said that after getting reports from 10 block-level agriculture offices, it was found that there would be a loss of around 18,000 MT of paddy in the district.

Aeri said the area of maize had also increased from 8,000 hectares to 11,700 hectares in this season, but rain had affected around 5% to 6% of its yield.

In Kapurthala, around 1.15 lakh hectares were under paddy, including 20,000 hectares of basmati.
Kapurthala CAO Manohar Singh said: “Due to high-velocity winds and rain, around 3,200 hectares under paddy have been badly affected and in majority of the area, crop has been flattened.”

Total paddy area-1.61-lakh hectare
Expected yield
*Before natural calamities- 9.18-lakh MT
Now- 9-lakh MT

Paddy area- 1.15-lakh hectare
Expected yield
*Before natural calamities- 7.76-lakh MT
Now- 6.78-lakh MT

Tentative loss
In Jalandhar-`2.43 crore
In Kapurthala-`13.23 crore
*Loss as a result of floods in August, high-velocity storm on September 15 and heavy rain on September 28.