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Orange alert for today; farmers told to avoid irrigation

Light rain without strong winds good for crops, say experts

Orange alert for today; farmers told to avoid irrigation

Commuters had a tough time due to gusty winds on Monday morning in Ludhiana. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN



Tribune News Service

Manav Mander

Ludhiana, February 19

The day started with blowing of winds and an overcast sky. The sun played hide and seek throughout the day. Prediction of winds and hailstorm for tomorrow has left farmers worried.

The minimum temperature recorded today was 16.3°C while maximum was 24.7°C.

Growers worried

Though the winds did not cause any harm to the standing crop, farmers are worried if the velocity of the winds increased it can become a cause for concern for them.

Pavneet Kaur Kingra, head of the Department of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), said orange alert was issued for today and tomorrow as well while for Wednesday, there is a yellow alert.

Thunderstorm and lightning with hail along with gusty winds at a speed of 50-60 kmph is expected on Tuesday.

“The winds were not too strong today. Hence, there is nothing to worry now. Light rain is beneficial for the wheat crop but if the winds blow at a high speed, it can lead to flattening of wheat and mustard crops which can cause damages. As of now, there is nothing to worry,” Dr Kingra said.

Experts have advised the farmers to avoid irrigation and spraying in the fields and they should not let water get stagnant in the fields.

Ranjit Singh, a farmer from Neowal village, said at present, the crops were safe as the winds were not strong. “I hope the winds in coming days will be not too strong as high-velocity winds can lead to flattening of the crops.

“Ber orchards are laden with fruits and it can cause dropping of the same if winds continue to blow,” he said.

Another farmer, Dipinder Singh, from Maachiwara said rain helps in lowering the temperature, which was good for better productivity. Strong winds could lead to lodging of the near-mature wheat crop. At present, the situation is fine and hope it remains the same for the coming two days, he said.

As Meteorology Department has predicted rain in the region over the next two days, agriculture experts said rain without strong winds was good for crops.

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