IMD in the rain: Faced with the possibility of unseasonal rain and hail, the Meteorology Department (IMD) warned farmers on Saturday (March 18). The department said that in view of the forecast of rain and hail in the coming days due to disturbance from the west, farmers in Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh should postpone harvesting of wheat and other rabi crops for the time being.
In the case of mature crops, IMD has advised farmers to harvest crops like mustard and gram in some states as soon as possible and store them in secure locations. Farmers have also been asked not to irrigate the wheat crop to save it from crop failure.
It rained in many states
The IMD said light to moderate rain and thunderstorms occurred across most of the country in the past 24 hours. In the past 24 hours, hail storm occurred in Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, West Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rayalaseema in Andhra Pradesh and North Interior Karnataka. IMD said in its latest forecast that thunderstorms, lightning, thunderstorms and hailstorms are possible on March 19 at different locations in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.
He gave this advice to farmers.
It has been said that on March 20 the same is likely to happen in West Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, East Rajasthan and Uttarakhand on March 21. High winds and hail can damage standing crops, injure people and livestock in open areas, and cause partial damage to weak structures from high winds. The IMD has advised farmers in Punjab, Haryana and West Madhya Pradesh to postpone harvesting of crops and, if they have already been harvested, store them in safe places to avoid damage.
Advised not to irrigate wheat crop
Farmers have also been asked not to irrigate the wheat crop to prevent the plant from falling over. Farmers in Rajasthan have been advised to harvest ripe mustard and chickpeas as soon as possible and store them in a safe place. Similarly, farmers in eastern Madhya Pradesh have been asked to harvest mustard, chickpea and wheat immediately and store them in a safe place. Maharashtra farmers have been asked to harvest wheat, pulses and grapes immediately.
IMD said that the harvesting of crops in Marathwada should be halted for now. Use ‘skirting bags’ or foil-lined paper on grape clusters to protect them from rain. Use anti-hail mesh to protect the orchards.
performance may be affected
Rajbir Yadav, a wheat breeder at the Indian Institute of Agricultural Research (IARI), said the current unseasonal rains, hail and strong winds are not good for the standing wheat crop and may affect its yield. Wheat is the main rabi (winter) crop and harvesting has already started in some parts of the country. The government has estimated a record wheat output of 112.2 million tonnes for the 2022-23 crop year (July-June).
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