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Downpour, strong winds lead to flattening of crops

Downpour, strong winds lead to flattening of crops


Tribune News Service

Manav Mander

Ludhiana, March 3

Heavy rain, accompanied by high-velocity winds, on Saturday night has caused damage to the wheat crop. Lodging has been reported from all parts of the district. Ludhiana received 31 mm of rainfall last night along with high-velocity winds.

Crop yield to be hit: Experts

Agriculture experts said though light rain spell was beneficial at this stage, strong winds accompanied by downpour have led to flattening of crops and the crop yield would be affected due to the same.

Farmers have been left high and dry after yesterday night’s rainfall as it has caused damages to the standing crops, especially wheat and potato. Agriculture experts said though light rain spell was beneficial at this stage, strong winds accompanied by downpour have led to flattening of the crop and the crop yield would be affected due to the same.

Chief Agriculture Officer of Ludhiana district Narrinder Singh said damages had been caused in the entire district. “Wheat and potato crops have been flattened. We are accessing the losses caused by the rain,” he said.

“Heavy rain coupled by high-velocity winds last night has flattened my wheat crop. It has caused huge damages and the government should announce relief as farmers are already under debt and cannot bear more losses,” said Gurbachan Singh, a farmer from Samrala.

“Early-sown wheat varieties suffered more damages. My wheat crop had inundated and now, harvesting will be an onerous task,” said Charan Singh from Khanna.

Another farmer from Kadian village said their crop was like their children and nobody could understand their state of mind when the same were damaged. “My hard work has gone down the drain,” he said.

A farmer near Jagraon said he diversified into a new crop this year and on half of his field, he had sown wheat and on the other half, he had potato crop. “I was expecting gains from the crops this year but my crops have flattened and potato crop has submerged in water as well,” he said.

A day after the rain created a havoc in the city, today was a bright and sunny day. However, it rained heavily last night.

The maximum temperature today was 21.2°C while the minimum was 8.2°C as recorded by the Department of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology, PAU. Pavneet Kaur Kingra, head of the Department of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology, PAU, said the weather would remain clear now.

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