Rain, winds damage wheat, other crops in Moga villages
Heavy rain and strong winds in Moga, Nihal Singh Wala, Baghapurana and Dharamkot subdivision areas during the past 24 hours have caused heavy damage to the standing wheat, mustard, maize, sugarcane and other crops across the district, leaving hundreds of farmers, who were hoping for a bumper crop, a worried lot.punjab Updated: Mar 04, 2015 00:26 IST
Heavy rain and strong winds in Moga, Nihal Singh Wala, Baghapurana and Dharamkot subdivision areas during the past 24 hours have caused heavy damage to the standing wheat, mustard, maize, sugarcane and other crops across the district, leaving hundreds of farmers, who were hoping for a bumper crop, a worried lot.
Crops over at least 5,000 acres have been flattened, which may lead to reduction in yield and poor quality of grains. Besides wheat crop, which has been damaged due to flooding of fields, fodder crops have also been damaged in all subdivisions.
State award winner progressive farmer, Jagraj Singh Dhaliwal of Rauke Kalan village under Nihal Singh Wala subdivision, said that heavy rain had totally flattened the wheat and other crops including fodder. "In fact, we had watered our wheat crop a day earlier as per agriculture experts' suggestions, but fate had something else in store for us. The fodder crop for our cattle has also wilted due to flooding of the fields. Besides wheat, sugarcane, potato and maize crops have also been badly affected. If water is not drained out soon, we will suffer heavy losses this year too," said Dhaliwal.
As per information, more than 2,000 acres of wheat crop, over 300 acres of mustard and 700 acres under other crops including and fodder crops over a large area have been completely damaged across the district.
Another state award winner farmer, Amar Singh of Manuke villege of the district, said, "Rain at this time was not welcome. Untimely rain means reduction in yield of crops and loss to farmers."
Davinder Singh Ghali, district president of the Kirti Kisan Union, has demanded compensation for the farmers, whose crops have been damaged due to rainwater.
When contacted, state award winner agriculture development officer of Moga, Dr Jaswinder Singh Brar, said that there is no doubt that due to heavy rain wheat crop sown between October 20 and November 20 can suffer damage.
Farmers can face problems at the time of harvesting because the wheat crop in some areas has been completely flattened. However, the crop, which was sown from November 20 to December 20 has not suffered any damage due to rain and strong winds in the district."