Unseasonal rain broke the back of farmers, millions of hectares of wheat crop wasted in 3 states
Unseasonal rains destroyed over 5.23 lakh hectares of standing crops.
Nine states of the country including Punjab, Rajasthan are most affected.
50% of the standing crop was destroyed in Badarpur, Mohali, Punjab.
To install Rain Update. Unseasonal rains, hailstorm and strong wind have affected wheat crop in an area of over 5.23 lakh hectares in the three states. Due to this, huge loss of yield and harvesting crisis has arisen for the farmers. India is one of the major producers of wheat. It is a staple food for a large population of the country. There is already a concern of high inflation and food security amid geopolitical uncertainty. In such a situation, the situation may worsen due to loss of wheat crop.
According to officials, about 5.23 lakh hectares of wheat crop is estimated to be damaged in the three states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh due to bad weather. He said that the damage caused to the wheat crop in Punjab and Haryana is being assessed.
damage caused by unseasonal rain
The area under wheat this year is about 34 lakh hectares. Officials said that the government is estimating a record 11.22 million tonnes of wheat production in the current crop year (July, 2022-June 23). Union Agriculture Secretary Manoj Ahuja told PTI that the Center will review with the state governments on Monday the damage caused to wheat and other rabi crops due to unseasonal rains in the last two to three days. For the last two weeks, major wheat producing states… Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have received unseasonal rains with thunderstorms, hailstorms and strong winds due to western disturbances. It is likely to continue for a few more days.
50% standing crop wasted in Badarpur
Bhupendra Singh, a farmer from Badarpur village in Punjab’s Mohali district, said, “The wheat crop has suffered heavy losses due to bad weather. The average yield of wheat is 20 quintals per acre. But this time it will come down to 10-11 quintals. Bhupendra Singh, who grows wheat on 34 acres in Badarpur, said that at some places in his fields, the crop has been ruined due to strong wind. He said that due to unseasonal rains and strong winds, there would be an average yield loss of 50 per cent in the wheat crop. He said that if the rains continue for more days, the crop will be completely ‘drowned’.
1 lakh hectare crop destroyed
Ajay Singh, a farmer from Madhya Pradesh said, “We are seeing fungal diseases in wheat crop due to excess moisture. The quality of grains will be affected. He has two acres of land in Khajuraho. The total area under wheat cultivation in Madhya Pradesh is 95 lakh hectares. Of this, “about one lakh hectares” have been affected by the recent rains and hailstorm, said a state agriculture department official. “The crop loss is not much and the brightness of the crop has also been slightly affected in the affected areas,” the official said.
Rabi crop destroyed in Rajasthan apart from wheat
Official sources said that out of the total wheat area of 29.65 lakh hectares in Rajasthan too, about 3.88 lakh hectares of wheat crop has been affected due to unseasonal rains. Apart from wheat, crops of mustard, gram, barley and other vegetables have been affected in Rajasthan. Sources said that mustard and gram crops have been damaged in about 1.54 lakh hectare and 1.29 lakh hectare respectively due to rains in the state.
9 districts of UP badly affected
According to information provided by the Office of the Relief Commissioner, Uttar Pradesh, the recent unseasonal rains have damaged over 35,000 hectares of wheat crop in the state. The maximum damage has been done in nine districts of the state, Agra, Bareilly, Chandauli, Hamirpur, Jhansi, Lalitpur, Prayagraj, Unnao and Varanasi. Relief Commissioner Prabhu N Singh said, ‘About 1.25 lakh wheat farmers have been affected by the rains. Loss figures are being entered. So far, the information of 43,142 of these farmers has come in our system. He said that after collecting the data, the affected farmers would be helped.
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Order for inquiry into the damage caused by the rains in Punjab
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and Haryana Agriculture Minister JP Dalal have directed concerned officials to conduct special girdawaris to assess crop damage. According to Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) scientist Rajbir Yadav, ‘the loss of wheat crop is certain in hailstorm affected areas. The extent of the damage can be ascertained only when the farmers will deliver their produce to the mandis.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : April 02, 2023, 16:22 IST