Ready-to-harvest wheat crop over 100 acres of land engulfed in fire
As wheat harvesting is in full swing, farmers across the region are worried as dry and ready-to-harvest wheat crop is catching fire incurring losses.punjab Updated: Apr 22, 2016 16:18 IST
As wheat harvesting is in full swing, farmers across the region are worried as dry and ready-to-harvest wheat crop is catching fire incurring losses.
Wheat crop over 100-acre land near Raikot and Bowani was destroyed in two fire incidents in the past four days.
In the first incident, crop caught fire due to a short-circuit in the electricity wires at Jalaldiwal near Raikot on Sunday.
Wheat crop over 50 acres was burnt causing heavy losses to five farmers, including Jagroop Singh (18 acre), Gurcharan Singh (15 acre), Joginder Singh (4 acre) and Nadhu (four acre).
Jagroop Singh, whose crop was burnt, said, “My crop over 18 acres of land was gutted. The fire arose from high-tension wires. The electricity department is totally responsible for the incident. We are seeking compensation but no one is listening to us.”
Raikot SDM Harpreet Singh Sudan said, “During initial inspection, we found that crop over 40 acres was destroyed and rest of the 10 acres had only straw. The cause of fire is being investigated. We will submit a final report to the district administration after conducting an inquiry.”
In another incident, wheat over 35 acres was engulfed in a fire at Bowani on April 15.
Farmer Harjinder Singh said, “I had to face huge losses as of the total 35 acres that caught fire, most of the land was mine. The fire started from the roadside, but the cause has not been ascertained. The government officials came here and inquired. Now, we are expecting adequate compensation.”
Payal SDM Harjot Kaur said, “We have visited Bowani village and received reports of fire from other villages too. We are investigating the cause behind fire. The report will be sent to higher authorities soon.”
Farmers to be sensitised on taking precautions
DC Ravi Bhagat said we have held a number of meetings with PSPCL officials to safeguard measures to present such incidents of fire in the fields where wheat is being harvested. The farmers will be sensitised on how to prevent such incidents with adequate precautions.”
Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) engineer-in-chief NK Sharma said, “We have made all arrangements and taken precautions to ensure safe harvest. If any discrepancy is found on our part, farmers will be adequately compensated.”