Postpone harvesting of mature crops, IMD advises farmers. india news

New Delhi: In view of the current weather patterns, a India Meteorological Department ,imdadvised on saturday farmers Avoid harvesting mature crops In Jammu, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh, and keep the already harvested produce in safe places or cover them in the field with tarpaulin sheets. The country as a whole has recorded 29% above normal cumulative rainfall so far in March.
Although the rain thunder And hailstorm activities are likely to reduce over most areas of Northwest India from Sunday, the current weather conditions due to Western Disturbance have already damaged standing crops including wheat and mustard in Punjab, Haryana, West UP and Rajasthan Have given.
So far, Central India has reported most extreme rainfall In March, the month received 207% more cumulative rainfall than normal, followed by Peninsular India (119% more) and East and Northeast India (22% more). On the other hand, Northwest India has recorded a deficit of 17% so far despite rainfall activity in the last seven days.
Two rounds of hailstorm and rain accompanied by high wind speed in Haryana, Punjab and UP resulted in loss of rabi (winter sown) crops, which are the major crops in these regions. There has been extensive damage to wheat and mustard crops in the Bundelkhand region. Agriculture expert Sudhir Panwar said it also affected vegetable crops around the National Capital Region.
Panwar, Professor, Lucknow University said, “Farmers need rapid assessment crop loss And immediate compensation should be given as they are facing financial difficulty in preparing for the next crop and meeting the daily expenses. its effect Climate change Food security on agriculture requires a focused approach to develop climate resilient crops.” The IMD has forecast rain, thunderstorm and hailstorm over the next three days over northeast, east and adjoining central and peninsular India.

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