Paddy Crop On 1.88 Lac Hectares Under Cultivation Damaged In Punjab, Haryana

Close to 1.50 lakh hectares of the crop have been damaged in Punjab while 38,040 hectares of the crop have been damaged in neighbouring Haryana.

Paddy Field
Paddy fields on the outskirts of Punjab. (PTI/ Photo)

Chandigarh: Due to widespread rains over the past four days, 1.88 lakh hectares of standing crops, mostly paddy, have been damaged in Punjab and Haryana. Close to 1.50 lakh hectares of the crop have been damaged in Punjab while 38,040 hectares of the crop have been damaged in neighbouring Haryana.

In Punjab, the worst-affected districts were Ludhiana, Muktsar, Mansa, Fatehgarh Sahib, Patiala, Mohali, Sangrur, and Tarn Taran. In these eight districts, early varieties of rice were sown and the crop was nearing harvest when the incessant rains began. During the Kharif season (June-July sowing and September-October harvest), paddy was sown on over 30 lakh hectares in Punjab. Fortunately, the areas where sowing took place late are relatively safe.

Director Agriculture Punjab, Gurwinder Singh said, ”Things really looked worrisome in the last couple of days. But today it was sunny and bright and this can even help retrieve the flattened crop of paddy. The cotton belt, fortunately, did not receive much rainfall so not much damage has been reported from there. A few sunny days will help recover the crop.”

Meanwhile, the chief secretary of Punjab VK Janjua has asked all the deputy commissioners to monitor the situation and if there are losses, the DCs have been told to carry out girdhawari (survey) of the damaged crop and report back. According to the Meteorological Department, Chandigarh, September has seen record rainfall after years.

In Ludhiana, it received 148.4 mm of rainfall in September which was an 11-year record, Chandigarh and its surrounding areas received 120.6 mm which is a 44-year-old record. Mansa district too received an overall rainfall of 102 mm followed by Fatehgarh Sahib 100 mm a record of sorts.

In Haryana 38,040 Hectare Under Paddy Crop Inundated

In Haryana too, 38,030 hectares of paddy crop were inundated with rainwater. According to the data of the Agriculture Department, inundation has been reported in around 34,000 hectares in Karnal district and about 4,500 acres in the nearby Kaithal. As a result, about 15 per cent loss in Karnal district and 5 per cent in Kaithal has been reported, the maximum reported from any place across Haryana. According to the farmers, varieties such as PUSA-1509 and PR-126 which can be harvested in just about 100 to 120 days have been damaged.

The Director of Meteorological Department Manmohan Singh said, “Haryana has seen more deadly rains this September than Punjab. Narnaul saw 196 mm of rain on a single day on September 24, 2022. In Rohtak, 165 mm rain has been reported in the entire month.” He added that these were probably the last rains of the season, barring an exception or two that may occur in the days to come.

Notably, the girdhawari (survey) of the damage to the paddy crop is yet to be carried out in both Punjab and Haryana, particularly in the worst-affected places like Rohtak and Narnaul.

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