Patiala: The 45-minute spell of heavy hailstorm followed by heavy rains and high velocity winds blowing in the areas of Samana sub-division of this district has totally destroyed the wheat crop in an area spread over 12,000 hectares of agriculture fields.
The farming fraternity feel cheated by Nature through this natural calmity as it again brought heavy losses for them as this is the fourth season in a row for the farmers that their agriculture produce has got damaged well before it was taken to the market.
The losses suffered by the farmers this time may worsen their financial woes and it may go on to hamper marriages in their houses and also badly affect studies of their children as well. These factors came to the fore when speaking to a number of farmers in over two dozen villages, where crops were damaged very badly. These crops include wheat crop, maize crop and green fooder as well.
The villages where the crops have been found badly damaged include Kutbanpur, Danipur, Khudadpur, Khanpur, Gadian, Mayalaan, Fateh Majri, Fatehgarh Channa, Gajewas, Khulburchhan, Chuyehra, Asarpur, Dhenthal, Nasupur and Lalgarh etc.
Avtar Singh, a farmer in Khulburchan village, narrated his woes by stating that as the green fooder in the fields suffered damages so they were not left with no other option but to go for experimenting with some other crop this time. But he indicated that these damages to the crop may also bring a change as in the absence of green fooder, the prices of milk may also shoot up in the region with no other option.
Another farmer Kirpal Singh in Dhenthal village also came forward with similar type of woes as he claimed that the wheat crop in five acres of land was badly damaged and he was left with no other option but to face heavy losses due to the natural calmity.
Whereas Punjab Singh, another farmer, stated that after suffering great losses in peas crop failure he opted for maize crop but now the natural calmity spoiled his party and these losses further added into his financial tightness and he was not seeing any way to come out of the red.
Parduman Singh from Mayaalan village and Santokh Singh from Khudadpur village also came forward with a similar tale and said that even though the state government has ordered immediate girdawari of the damage to the crops and it was ready to give compensation to the farmers, but the losses suffered by the farmers were huge and could not to be covered by any way
While following the state government’s orders, Deputy Commissioner Kumar Amit accompained by Samana MLA Rajinder Singh, SDM Samana Amereshwar Singh and Tehsildar Ram Krishan personally went to the damaged crop areas and the patwaris were put on duty to conduct the survey to assess the extent of the damage.
Over two dozen villages were badly affected by the strong winds as well as hailstorm on Wednesday
Patiala Deputy Commissioner Kumar Amit and Samana MLA Rajinder Singh having a look at the damaged wheat crop by hailstorm and rain in one of the villages in Samana Sub-Division on Thursday.