Farmers fear loss as rain flattens wheat crop in Ambala

farmers fear loss as rain flattens wheat crop in ambala

AMBALA: The farmers fear loss of wheat crop as a spell of strong winds and rain flattened it in areas of Ambala district on Saturday.
Wheat is close to ready and the harvesting will be starting in a month and the rain at this time has tensed the farmers of the region.
Karam Singh of Qurbanpur village in Ambala district said, “Most of the wheat crop in our village has been flattened by winds and rain last night. Harvested mustard which was kept in the field has also been soaked in water. I cultivated wheat in about 20 acres, of which, I fear loss in 15 acres as only 5 acres seem unaffected due to last night’s rain.”
Farmers Bahadar Singh, Manjit Singh, Kamaljit Singh, Satwinder Singh, and Naseeb Singh from Khaspur village in Ambala district said that wheat cultivated by them in their village fields has flattened in about 60 acres of area.
Sukhchain Singh of Bharog village said, “About 100 acres of wheat standing in their village fields has been flattened.”
BKU Charuni Ambala district president Malkiat Singh said, “Rain has flattened wheat in some areas of Ambala district, while the rest are fine. We do not expect any help and support to farmers from the government, but it should look into the matter and provide relief.”
Ambala deputy director agriculture (DDA) Jaswinder Singh Saini said, “Yesterday (on Friday) it did not rain much. We receive reports of rainfall from 8 to 8 am. Perhaps it rained heavily today (on Saturday), the report of which would be received the next day. Overall this rain is beneficial for crops, and sowing of sunflowers would be delayed. Harvesting of mustard will also be affected while potato has been done. As the weather has turned warm, this rain will benefit the wheat while where it has flattened the crop, there could be loss.”
“Those farmers who have insured their crops under Fasal Bima Yojana must submit their applications within 72 hours. Those who have not insured the crop, should submit an application with the revenue department”, said DDA Ambala.
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