More rain will re­sult in dam­age to crop: Ex­perts

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - PUNJAB - Param­preet Singh Narula

JA­LAND­HAR : Amid un­cer­tainty among farm­ers about re­cent rains in the state that could have dam­aged the stand­ing wheat crop, agri­cul­ture ex­perts says the weather so far has re­mained favourable to the crops ex­cept de­lay­ing the har­vest for few days. Rains have done no dam­age to the crops.

As per in­for­ma­tion, un­timely rain­fall cou­pled with high-ve­loc­ity winds con­sec­u­tively for three days —April 9 to April 11— across the state, had damp­ened the fes­tive spirit among farm­ers, who couldn’t per­form the age-old rit­ual of har­vest­ing wheat crop on Baisakhi.

Agri­cul­ture ex­perts says the rains rang­ing from 8mm to 15mm didn’t cause much dam­age to the wheat crop, which was ei­ther fine or had re­cov­ered it­self.

“If the weather con­tin­ued to re­main favourable, it will en­hance pro­duc­tiv­ity by one-two per­cent with ex­pec­ta­tion of record yield,” said Hari Ram, a wheat agron­o­mist .

Ram, how­ever, said as the weather fore­cast has warned that rain was ex­pected on Mon­day and Tues­day as well, the stand­ing wheat could be at risk if it con­tin­ues to pour in com­ing days also.

“If rain con­tin­ues, it can cause phys­i­cal dam­age to the bi­o­log­i­cally per­fect crop, es­pe­cially to the late sown crop, as it will cause lodg­ing and black­en­ing to the grains, thereby spoil­ing it,” he said.

Har­jin­der Singh, a farmer from Kahlwan vil­lage, who had cul­ti­vated wheat in six acres said the qual­ity of crop was fine but yield was less as com­pared to last sea­son. “We used to har­vest 25-26 quin­tals yield from one acre, while this sea­son we have pro­cured only 20 quin­tals from the same area,” he said.

LESS AR­RIVAL IN GRAIN MAR­KETS

As the re­cent rains led to in­crease in mois­ture con­tent of the wheat crop, Ja­land­har grain mar­kets have wit­nessed less ar­rival of crop even af­ter three days of Baisakhi.

PARDEEP PAN­DIT/HT

Farm­ers har­vest­ing crops in Kahlwan vil­lage near Kar­tarprur.

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