Unseasonal rains have become a disaster for farmers, IMD has given this advice
IMD on rain: In view of the possibility of unseasonal rains and hailstorms, the meteorological department advised farmers on Saturday (March 18). The department said that in view of forecasts of rains and hailstorms in the next few days due to western disturbances, farmers in Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh have to postpone harvesting of wheat crops and other Rabi crops for the time being.
In the case of mature crops, IMD has advised farmers to harvest crops such as mustard and gram in some states as early as possible and store them in safe places. Farmers were also asked not to irrigate the wheat crop to save it from crop failure.
It rained in many countries
IMD said light to moderate rain and thunderstorms occurred in most parts of the country in the past 24 hours. In the past 24 hours, a hailstorm has occurred in Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, western Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rayalaseema in Andhra Pradesh and northern inland Karnataka. In its latest forecast, IMD said that on March 19, there is a possibility of thunderstorms, lightning and hailstorms at various places in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.
Give this advice to farmers
It was said that on March 20th, the same is likely to happen in West Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, East Rajasthan and Uttarakhand on March 21st. Strong winds and hail can damage standing crops, injure people and livestock in open areas, and cause partial damage to weak buildings due to strong winds. IMD advised farmers in Punjab, Haryana and western Madhya Pradesh to postpone harvesting of crops and if they are already harvested, store them in safe places to avoid damage.
It is advised not to irrigate the wheat crop
Farmers were also asked not to irrigate the wheat crop to protect the plant from falling. He advised Rajasthan farmers to harvest ripe mustard and gram as soon as possible and store them in a safe place. Similarly, the farmers of eastern Madhya Pradesh were told to harvest mustard, gram and wheat immediately and keep them in a safe place. Farmers in Maharashtra were told to harvest wheat, pulses and grapes immediately.
IMD said that crop harvesting should be stopped in Marathwada for the time being. Use “edge bags” or foil-lined paper over the grapevines to protect them from rain. Use hail nets to protect orchards.
Yield may be affected
Rajbir Yadav, wheat breeder at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), said the current unseasonal rains, hailstorms and strong winds are not good for the established wheat crop and may affect its yield. Wheat is the main spring (winter) crop and harvest has already begun in some parts of the country. The government has estimated a record wheat production of 112.2 million tons for the 2022-23 (July-June) crop year.
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