Chandigarh: Widespread rain accompanied by strong winds and hailstorms has flattened standing wheat crop on hundreds of acres in this parts of the region in last two days thus causing worries to the farmers hoping for a bumper crops this year.
According to reports, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh witnessed significant rains accompanied by strong winds that flattened wheat crop.
In Himachal Pradesh rain and hailstorm were witnesses Manali, Shimla, Dharamshala, Chamba, Hamirpur, Bilaspur, Mandi, Una and other districts. There are reports of flattening of crops by rain, winds and hailstorm from Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Ropar and districts of Punjab.
The weatherman has predicted inclement weather till March 11 which if prolongs for more day will definitely disappoint farmers, claimed agriculture experts. Generally harvesting season starts from April 13 (Baisakhi) in this part of the region but agriculture experts say that the winter season has prolonged nearly for five to six days.
They claim that if the weather continues to remain same beyond March 11, then the farmers are going to lose their crops.
Anjit Singh, a farmer of Haryana village in Hoshiarpur, claimed that his crop over 2 acres have flattened by the winds. He hopes that the weather will be sunny after March 11 and he will loss would be minimised. “The same weather, if it continues for a few more days, will damage the crops,” claimed Dharminder Singh of Hajipur village near Mukerian.
Though the Yellow Rust attack, reported in some chunks on wheat crops in districts located in the Punjab, is under control, the changing temperature and blowing winds may also help in spread it to the nearby fields, claimed Dr Hartarn Pal Singh, an agriculture expert.
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