Only 20% wheat sown in Pun­jab, de­lay to af­fect yield

Ex­perts are of the opin­ion that sow­ing should be over by Nov 15 for best re­sults

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - Htpunjab&haryana - Param­preet Singh Narula param­preet.narula@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■ ■

JA­LAND­HAR: : The de­lay in paddy har­vest­ing has slowed down the wheat sow­ing as the task has been com­pleted only on 20% of the land that is ex­pected to be cov­ered un­der the crop across the sate. It’s al­most a fort­night since wheat sow­ing had started and ex­perts are of the opin­ion that sow­ing af­ter Novem­ber 15 will ad­versely af­fect the yield.

As per the data pro­cured from the agri­cul­ture de­part­ment, 34.80-lakh hectare of area is ex­pected to be cov­ered un­der the wheat crop this sea­son, of which sow­ing has been done on only 6.48-lakh hectare area.

Hari Ram, a wheat agron­o­mist, said ide­ally the wheat-sow­ing process should be over by Novem­ber 15. “Sow­ing wheat af­ter Novem­ber 15 will af­fect the yield of the crop,” he said.

The de­lay in sow­ing wheat, which usu­ally starts in the last week of Oc­to­ber, is due to pro­longed paddy har­vest­ing sea­son due to in­ces­sant rains in Septem­ber.

Agri­cul­ture of­fi­cials say about 10 per cent bas­mati crop in Ma­jha re­gion is yet to ripen.

The down­pour from Septem­ber 22 to Septem­ber 25 had damp­ened the spir­its of the paddy farm­ers, who were look­ing for­ward to sell­ing their near-ma­ture crop. The rains led to flat­ten­ing of the crop, which af­fected the yield, be­sides de­lay­ing har­vest­ing.

Be­sides wheat sow­ing, the de­lay in paddy har­vest­ing also af­fected the mid-term crops such as po­ta­toes, car­rot, cauliflower and peas, which are pro­duced at large-scale in Ja­land­har, Ka­purthala and Hoshiarpur dis­tricts. Ex­perts at the agri­cul­ture de­part­ment said sow­ing of th­ese crops start from last week of Septem­ber, im­me­di­ately af­ter paddy is har­vested.

Kuldeep Singh, a farmer from Ka­purthala, said it was a tough task to sow wheat by Novem­ber 15 as paddy har­vest­ing had just fin­ished.

THE DE­LAY IN SOW­ING WHEAT, WHICH USU­ALLY STARTS IN THE LAST WEEK OF OC­TO­BER, IS DUE TO PRO­LONGED PADDY HAR­VEST­ING

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Farm­ers say it’s a tough task to sow wheat by Novem­ber 15 as paddy har­vest­ing has just fin­ished.

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