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Posted at: Feb 12, 2018, 12:38 AM; last updated: Feb 12, 2018, 12:38 AM (IST)

Relief soon for farmers as dry spell set to end

Relief soon for farmers as dry spell set to end

Jotirmay Thapliyal

Tribune News Service

Dehradun, February 11

Another spell of rain and snow is in the offing in Uttarakhand. This is expected to bring cheers to farmers and foresters, who are facing challenges on account of rain deficiency.

Western disturbance induced rains are expected to take place in the Uttarakhand in the 24 hours. The state so far has witnessed very little winter rain, which has badly affected both agriculture and horticulture, particularly wheat and apple crops. Met Department officials are not ruling out snowfall in higher reaches of the state and rains in other parts which could continue for a couple of days.

The rains could provide much-needed relief to farmers. As per estimate, nearly 20 per cent of wheat crop has already been damaged due to lack of adequate rainfall. Similarly, apple crop in Uttarakashi and Chamoli district has also been adversely affected due to lack of snow and rainfall.

According to Dehradun Met office, rain deficit from January 1 to February 1 has been 73 per cent. On an average, around 65 mm rainfall takes place during this period. However, this year rainfall has just been 17 mm. Rain due to western disturbance could finally give relief to the farmers.

The rain would also check spread of forest fires besides giving rise to moisture content in forests, which is essential to curb forest fires. Experts fear worst forest fire season this time due to lack of rains. 

Forest fire season begins in mid-February every year and culminates with the start of the monsoons. This period includes peak summer season, when most of devastating forest fires take place. The quantum of forest fire is directly dependent on winter rains. Good winter rains helps check forest fires in summers.


Will check forest fires 

  • Western disturbance induced rains are expected to take place in the Uttarakhand 
  • Met Department officials are not ruling out snowfall in higher reaches of the state and rains in other parts which could continue for a couple of days
  • The rains would also check spread of forest fires besides giving rise to moisture content in forests, which is essential to curb forest fires

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