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Another blow for farmers; wheat flattened
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
Wednesday’s hailstorm has flattened wheat crop in Morinda, Amloh, Bhadson and other areas of Punjab in the vicinity of Chandigarh. The hailstorm was accompanied by heavy rain and hard winds.

Experts say if such weather continues, it can seriously upset the calculations of agricultural experts and the government on wheat production in the state.

This is the second time in March that inclement weather has hit the wheat crop, which is at harvesting stage and will arrive in the markets after10 days.

Official procurement will start on April 1.

Meanwhile, president of the BKU Balbir Singh Rajewal has urged the union government to release adequate aid from the national calamity fund for affected farmers in Punjab.

He said the hailstorm hit various places in Samrala, Khamano, Khanna, Ropar, Banga, Morinda and Mohali today. Accompanied by heavy rain, the hailstorm had caused a heavy damage to wheat and other crops, he said.

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