Storm, rain affect mango, peach crop in Uttar Pradesh

May 21st, 2008 - 11:20 pm ICT by admin  

Lucknow, May 21 (IANS) Sudden change in the weather and strong winds accompanied by rain that have lashed Uttar Pradesh for the past few days have severely affected mango and peach crop in the state. “Almost 15 percent of the total mango production in the state has been affected by the duststorm that recently struck several districts of the state,” joint director (horticulture) Rana Pratap Singh told IANS.

“We are still in the process of gathering the records from various districts regarding the extent of damage to the mango production in the state,” he said.

The peach crop too has been affected by the change in the weather. “Though the loss to the peach crop is still to be documented, we have learnt that much of the crop has been destroyed in Saharanpur district and its adjoining regions,” said Singh.

Meanwhile, the Met Office here has forecast thundershowers for the next 24 hours from Wednesday.

Districts of Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Varanasi and Gorakhpur are expected to have rain, the weather office said.

“Uttar Pradesh is experiencing a change in weather due to an upper air cyclonic circulation formed in the northwest region of the country,” said a senior meteorological department official.

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