Labourers dry wheat grain which were drenched by showers at Bhagtanwala Dana Mandi in Amritsar on Sunday. Photo: Vishal Kumar 24 Apr 2017 | 12:59 AM
AMRITSAR: The ongoing harvesting of wheat crop in the area has got slowed down with the prevailing weather conditions.[ + read story ]
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service
Amritsar, April 23
The ongoing harvesting of wheat crop in the area has got slowed down with the prevailing weather conditions.
Experts said 60 per cent crop was still standing in the fields and farmers were unable to harvest it due to rain and cloudy weather conditions. The arrival of grain in the markets has also been affected.
Officials of the Mandi Board said 28,000 tonne wheat crop had arrived in the market today which had been harvested on Friday. The markets had received 55,000 tonne grain on Friday.
The weather conditions remained cloudy in the area today also. Light showers were reported at isolated places in the district. The weather conditions have left the farmers worried about their crop.
Agriculture experts have appealed to farmers to not worry about the crop as light showers would not affect the grain much. Meanwhile, Mandi Board officials have urged the farmers to arrive with dry grains in markets.
Jasbir Singh Pannu, District Mandi Officer, said “The rain did not affect the crop much but it has slowed down the process of harvesting. The farmers have not harvested the crop from the past two days. If the same weather prevails in the coming days, harvesting will be delayed and the grain might lose its luster. But we are expecting sunny days ahead”.
Meanwhile, Inderpreet Singh Sandhu, Divisional Manager (DM), Punjab Agro, visited various grain markets and inspected the ongoing procurement process. He instructed the market inspectors to fulfill the government parameters of procurement.
During his visit to grain markets at Sohian Kalan, Majitha, Kathunangal and Dhadhe, Sandhu assured farmers that they would get the payment for their crop on the spot.