The first spell of rain of this season on Saturday evening, accompanied by fast winds, brought cheers to all the people, bringing down the temperature, though temporarily, and giving relief from the heat wave. The rain also brought cheers to the farmers, busy in paddy transplantation. "The fields were very dry and it had become very difficult to fill them with water for paddy transplantation, while the already planted saplings were also required to be irrigated," said Chamkaur Singh, a farmer from Deviwala village.
"I had to run a generator for about 8 hours daily to cater to irrigation needs of the paddy crop transplanted recently. Running a tractor-driven generator cost around `200 per hour and now we expect some relief in days to come with more showers," said Jagroop Singh, a farmer from Bir Sikhan Wala village.
"The cotton crop also needed to be irrigated as the small plants, just a month-old, were feeling the impact of heat but now we cotton growers also expect to get relief and the crop would not need irrigation for some time now."
"The rain is very much welcome in the beginning of the paddy transplantation season. It is equally good for all kinds of crops like paddy, cotton and other fodder crops.
The paddy saplings were also withering in less fertile fields where irrigation is also being done with tubewells. But, now rain would save the crops from heat," said Jagjeet Singh Sekhon, chief agriculture officer, Faridkot.
Sekhon also advised the farmers to delay the first irrigation to the cotton crop as long as possible as it is a deep-rooted crop and, if irrigated early, its roots fail to go deeper and it also has the negative impact on the growth of plants.
The first shower of the season would also bring a lot of relief to stray animals and the people, who earn their living by grazing the sheep or goat herd as the grass would sprout on all the empty places and help survive the saplings of trees planted earlier at places.