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Scanty rainfall hits Kandi farmers


 

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Extremes
Town Max (in Celsius) Min (in Celsius)

Ambala

27.6

10.7

Amritsar

27.6

8.8

Bhuntar

25.0

6.0

Hisar

13.1

Jammu

13.2

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26.8

8.0

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28.2

7.0

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28.7

10.5

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9.5

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18.0

8.0

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2.5

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26.9

7.6

 

 

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Read under headings Max (maximum temperature), Min (minimum temperature), R (rainfall in past 24 hours) and TR (total rainfall):

Stations

Max

Min

R

TR

Ahmedabad

35

15

0

0

Bangalore

33

20

0

0

Bhopal

27

17

1

3

Bhubaneswar

35

23

0

0

Chennai

33

24

0

0

Dehra Dun

28

12

0

0

Gangtok

21

10

0

0

Guwahati

33

16

0

0

Hyderabad

35

20

0

0

Jaipur

30

14

0

0

Kolkata

33

23

0

0

Lucknow

30

12

0

0

Mumbai

32

23

0

0

New Delhi

29

10

0

0

Panjim

32

24

0

0

Patna

29

15

0

0

Shillong

23

12

0

0

Thiruvananthapuram

34

25

0

0

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Scanty rainfall hits Kandi farmers
Ravinder Sud

Hoshiarpur, March 2
The Kandi belt in this district is facing a drought-like situation for the past three months. A majority of farmers could not even sow wheat during the rabi season.

Dr Kulbir Singh Deol, Chief Agriculture Officer, Hoshiarpur, said yesterday that about 20,000 hectares in four tehsils were entirely depended on the rainfall. Though seven mini-dams and the Kandi canal had been constructed for providing water, these dams had almost dried up. He said only 10.5mm intermittent rainfall had been recorded in the past two months. At least 10mm continuous rainfall was required.

Dr Deol said 1.36 lakh hectares were being irrigated through tubewells and 8,301 hectares through canals. The water level had gone down considerably due to which 12,000 submersible tubewells had been installed. Besides, 62,230 tubewells were also functioning in the district.

Ms Sarabjit Kaur of Kaharpur village urged the government to provide subsidy to the small farmers for the installation of tubewells.

Mr Amar Singh of Daulatpur Gillan village urged the government to create new avenues for them so that they could earn their livelihood in a respected manner.

Mr Des Raj Dhugga, MLA, Garhdiwala, said the Kandi canal from its headworks at the Mukerian hydel channel to Naloian was not supplying regular water. A portion of the canal had been damaged, causing obstacles in the flow of water. He demanded immediate repair of the canal and special girdawri.

Mr D.K. Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner, said affected farmers should give representations to their respective SDMs. He had also instructed the Chief Agriculture Officer to visit the area and submit his report to him.

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