The sudden change in weather in the region on Monday afternoon threatened the ongoing paddy procurement.
There was sudden rain accompanied by hailstorm, making farmers concerned as around 25% of the paddy as well as the entire crop of the 1121 variety is yet to be harvested.
A tour of the local grain markets revealed that there was panic among farmers, commission agents and representatives of procurement agencies and everyone was busy preventing any possible damage to paddy.
Nand Kishore Guggan, joint secretary of the Arhtiya Association, said, "There has been a trend in the district to sow the 1121 variety of paddy. This year, around 30% farmers had sown the variety. The normal variety ripens in 110 days, but it takes around 130 days for the 1121 variety to mature. In case there is any more rain, farmers who have sown this particular variety would be in trouble."
Satnam Singh of Nurpur Sethan village, whose paddy is yet to be procured, said, "We already were facing so many problems and now even the god is not on our side. In case the weather does not improve soon, we are in serious trouble."
Hailstorm was also reported from Gudherdhandi, Mohan Kee and Pargat Sahib villages.
Meanwhile, deputy commissioner S Karuna Raju visited various local grain markets and took stock of the situation.
Raju said they were trying to arrange tarpauline to cover the paddy lying in the grain markets while commission agents had also been asked to manage more tarpauline.
He said 3.08 lakh metric tonne of paddy had been procured at 128 procurement centres in the district and around 47% of the procured paddy had been lifted from the grain markets so far.