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Wheat saved for now, danger looms large

punjab Updated: Mar 14, 2013 21:45 IST
Navrajdeep Singh
Navrajdeep Singh
Hindustan Times
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An overnight spell of heavy rain, coupled with strong winds, had put farmer across the region into a spot of bother, but things took a turn for the good as sunshine returned and not much damage was witnessed to the wheat crop. The crop is all set to mature in the coming three to four weeks.

On Thursday, the weather remained cloudy and it drizzled continuously throughout the day in Sangrur and other parts. Agriculture experts believe that the standing wheat crop may be harmed if heavy rains, hailstorms and strong winds continue in the coming days.

The agriculture department immediately swung into action after heavy the rainfall, conducting surveys in different parts of the district to estimate the extent of damage. Chief agriculture officer (CAO) Dr Rajinder Singh Sohi said several teams carried out surveys in Sangrur, Amargarh, Malerkotla and Mandi Ahemadgarh areas, but did not find much damage to the standing crops.

He said in some parts of Lehragaga standing crop had fallen flat. “Besides 1% to 2% of crops that fell flat owing to strong winds, there is nothing to worry,” said Sohi, adding that even vegetable crops had not been damaged. He pointed that rain had damaged only fields that had been irrigated recently.

“We have recommended farmers not to irrigate their fields further, besides telling them to make arrangements to drain water from the fields to avoid water stagnation in their fields if it rains in the coming days,” said Dr Sohi.

Meanwhile, the metreological department has predicted heavy rainfall and hailstorms in the coming three days owing to western disturbances.

Experts believe that bad weather may inflict some real damage to the standing crop. As per information, around 2.85 lakh hectare is under wheat cultivation in the Sangrur district and the agriculture department has been expecting 15.80 lakh metric tonnes of production, against 15.77 lakh metric tonnes in 2012.