Rainfall in Punjab brings cheer to farmers

January 24th, 2009 - 3:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Jan 24 (IANS) Rains that have lashed Punjab and Haryana over the last few days have brought much cheer to farmers in the region as the showers will prove beneficial for the standing wheat crops.According to agriculture experts, the rainfall would also stimulate the healthy growth of vegetables in the region.

“This year we have received the timely spell of rains but if we had these showers around 15 days back then it would have had a better impact on the yield of crops. This rain would act as fertiliser for the plants and also help in the proper dilution of fertilisers and compost in the soil,” Vinay Sharma, a crop scientist based in Patiala in Punjab, told IANS Saturday.

“This rain has also lowered the temperature in the region, providing the perfect climate for the growth of wheat and vegetables,” said Sharma.

“Last week’s rainfall also gave us some relief from continuous power cuts and somewhat solved our irrigation problems. Normally we need rainfall in the months of January and February for a good output from our fields but if this spell stretches into March, then it can also cause harm to our crops,” said Gundeep Singh Sandhu, a farmer based in Zirakpur in Punjab, around 10 km from here.

In good news for farmers, meteorological department officials here have predicted more showers in the coming days.

“Overcast conditions are prevailing in most parts of Punjab and Haryana Saturday. We are expecting varied spells of moderate to heavy rainfall at various places in the region in the next few days. The temperature is also expected to dip further,” said Chatar Singh Malik, director of the meteorological department in Chandigarh.

In January, there has been 74 percent more rainfall in the region than previous years, said another official of the met department.

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