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Crops in Punjab damaged for want of rainfall
India News
Facing deficient rainfall, Punjab has been facing a drought like situation in many parts. The early delay in monsoon has badly hit the Paddy crop, crippled the canal network and electricity generation. The state government, which came into action is trying to bring out the state out of nature's fury.

The meteorological scientists at the Punjab Agriculture University in Ludhiana are keeping a close watch on the weather, as 42 per cent of the geographical area of the country has deficient rainfall.

Extreme fluctuations in the weather patterns have been felt frequently in the past few decades, causing heavy damage to the agri-sector.

The agro-meterologist in the Punjab Agriculture University in Ludhiana, S.S. Hundal explains, "the Climate change is a world wide phenomena. A rise of 0.6 Celcius temprature has been recorded in the past 6 decades. Now its increasing faster than the past and has its direct impact on the climate. Variation has seen on the arrival of monsoon and the rainfall, and has an impact on regional distribution. Now there is no fixed time for the rainfall, sometimes it caused heavy floods and sometimes its drought".

The months of July and August are a crucial period for the farming community in Punjab. The state which has around 2 million hectares of land under paddy crop, spread over large and small holdings, is dependent on the monsoon rainfall.

The amount of rainfall in the state ranges between 250 to 1000 millimetres. But all has not been well with the south-west monsoon this year for less than 100 millimetres of rainfall has been recorded so far.

The small and medium farmers, already facing heavy debts, are in a state of bewilderment over the erratic rainfall. The majority of farmers in the state grows paddy and their entire economy depends on its successful production. Rajbir Singh, a farmer said, "If the condition of rainfall remains so, the paddy crop will come down drastically from 25 quintals per acre to 17 quintals per acre".

Another farmers, Kulbir said, "There will be a crisis of Paddy crop this season. We are feeding crops with tubewells. We are in crises with no rain and no electricity."

The failure of the early monsoon has forced the Punjab State Electricity Board to buy 48 million units of power everyday, and this is still short of the total requirement of 140 million units.

The absent rains have not only put the major reservious in a preacrious position but has virtually crippled the canal network in the state. Interrupted power supply to farmers has led to a heavy damage of seasonal crops and barring pulses. The state agriculture department responsible for the welfare of farmers and their crops are yet to work on precautionary measures. Punjab agriculture director, Ajmer Singh said, "At this primary stage we can not figure out the total loss to the farmers. They have just trans-planted the crop and we can calculate the loss after sometime. No decision has yet been taken by the state government of the kind of compensation be given to the affected farmers, but the Central government have some norms of relief for the drought and flood affected areas. We have already worked on those parametres". A smiling rain god holds out strong hopes for a brighter future.

The good rainfall last year had brought some relief to the Punjab farmers, with a record kharif production giving rise in state's economy graph. If the monsoon is good this time, then only will be a win -win situation for all.
MGR Archive 26.7.2004
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