Rain comes as boon for Patiala paddy growers

Chief agricultural officer says showers will help in maintaining moisture content in the soil, which is good for paddy yield.

punjab Updated: Jun 18, 2018 14:27 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Patiala
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Normal life was thrown out of the gear in Patiala as waterlogged roads led to slow traffic movement(HT Photo)

The Royal city of Patiala and its nearby areas witnessed heavy rainfall for the second consecutive day, on Sunday. Rain has comes as a boon for the upcoming paddy season, say farmers. Government has declared that paddy transplantation will start in the state from June 20.

As per the meteorological (MeT) department, on Saturday, the Royal City had witnessed 26.8mm rainfall, while on Sunday, 26.6mm rainfall was recorded by 11am. Heavy showers hit the city for the second consecutive day and bringing respite from the hot weather.

The spokesperson of the local MeT department said, “Between 8.30am on Saturday to 11.30am on Sunday, the city has recorded 53.4mm rainfall. The maximum temperature was 29.4°C, and minimum was 21.6°C on Sunday.”

“On Saturday, maximum temperature was 32.7°C and minimum was 23.6°C,” the spokesperson added. He added that 59% humidity was recorded on Saturday and 67% on Sunday.

This month, the city has witnessed mixed weather conditions. A few days back, the city had witnessed the highest temperature of the season at 46.2°C. Apart from this, the city faced a dust haze for over two days.

On June 15, the air quality index in the city was 403, which fall in severe category. Overall rain in the month was recorded to be 88mm.

Normal life was thrown out of the gear across city as waterlogged roads led to slow traffic movement. Waterlogging was witnessed in parks and streets as well. The situation was worse on the newly-built roads, where water logged minutes after the rain started pouring.

Among the worst affected areas were the city bus stand, Khanda Chowk, Khalsa Mohalla,Dhobhi Ghat road, Model Town, Lohri Gate, tractor market, Dhobhi Ghat road, and Grace Basti.

Due to waterlogging, chances of dengue, chikungunya and other diseases’ spread has increased. But the local authorities say thet there is nothing to worry about as they have been conducting awareness campaigns and fogging drives across city to prevent spread of the diseases.

As rain hit Patiala and nearby areas, paddy farmers were in a jovial mood. Jagat Singh, a farmer of Akkar village, said, “Rain has brought relief from the dust haze and the hot sunny days.”

“We were waiting for rain as paddy sowing will be started on June 20, rain will provided the much-needed moisture to the crop. If we sow paddy on time, and such weather conditions prevail, it will be beneficial for the paddy crop,” he added.

Patiala’s chief agriculture officer Arvinder Singh said, “At such a crucial time, rain has come as a gift for the paddy farmers. It will increase moisture levels, which is much needed for the crop. Secondly, tubewell water can be saved as rainwater provides moisture to soil.”

First Published: Jun 18, 2018 14:27 IST