'We only hope we can harvest something for our families'
"Farmers are now praying God to allow them to harvest whatever is left in the fields to meet the need of their families," said Joginder, a farmer from the district.punjab Updated: Apr 16, 2015 21:46 IST
"Farmers are now praying God to allow them to harvest whatever is left in the fields to meet the need of their families," said Joginder, a farmer from the district.
The farmers of this area, who were already distressed due to unseasonable rains, faced another calamity when the district and its surrounding areas were lashed with heavy rain and hailstorm.
Over 21 mm rain was been recorded during the 24-hour period from Wednesday evening.
Over 1.50 lakh tonnes of wheat lying in the grain markets including that of purchased by government agencies as well as that belonging to farmers was drenched.
Jasvinder Singh, a farmer of village Blahi, said that in previous years by this time the farmers used to finish harvesting the crop, but this time it has become difficult to harvest the already damaged wheat due to intermittent rains every other day.
The standing crop is so wet that it cannot be harvested either with the help of labour or harvesters due to standing rain water in the fields.