Chandigarh: The Chandigarh Meteorological Department on Wednesday predicted light to moderate rain in most parts of Punjab which experts feel will be beneficial for wheat crop.
“Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh will witness light to moderate rain on March 9 and 10,” said MeT department Director Surender Pal.Light rain occurred in several places in Punjab on Wednesday as well, though minimum temperatures remained above normal level in most parts. Last month, concerns were raised over the sudden rise in temperature leading to fears of shrivelling of grains and the consequent yield loss.
Light to moderate rainfall in the state will be beneficial for wheat crop, experts feel, provided they are not accompanied by thunderstorm or hailstorm. “Rains at this stage are going to be beneficial for the wheat crop sown in Punjab as it will bring down the temperature which is required for achieving higher yield,” said Gyanendra P Singh, Director of Karnal based Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research (IIWBR).
The rain should not be torrential or accompanied by thunderstorm or hailstorm which can adversely hit the crop at this stage, he added. Heavy rains accompanied by high velocity winds at this stage could flatten the crop which could have negative impact on overall productivity.
Punjab and Haryana major food grain growing states, have sown wheat crop in 35 lakh hectares and 25 lakh hectares of area respectively.
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