Postpone harvesting of matured crops, IMD advises farmers | India News

NEW DELHI: In terms of current weather conditions, Bureau of Meteorology of India (IMD) on Saturday advised farmer they eat harvest mature crops in Jammu, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh, and store harvested produce in safe places or cover them in the fields with tarps. The country has recorded 29% more cumulative rainfall than usual through March.
Although the rainfall, thunderstorms and hail activities are likely to decrease in most areas of north-west India from Sunday, current weather conditions due to western disturbances have taken a toll on standing crops including both wheat and mustard, in Punjab, Haryana, western UP and Rajasthan.
So far, central India has reported the heaviest rainfall in March, with 207% more cumulative rainfall than usual for the month, followed by peninsular India (119% more) and east & northeast India (22% more). On the other hand, North West India has recorded a deficit of 17% as of now despite the rain for the past seven days.
Two waves of hail and rain with high wind speeds in Haryana, Punjab and UP resulted in a loss of rabi (winter sowing), which is the main crop in these areas. Damage to wheat and mustard crops was enormous in the Bundelkhand region. It also affects vegetables around the national capital area, said Sudhir Panwar, an agricultural expert.
Panwar, a professor at Lucknow University, said, “Farmers need a quick assessment lost season and immediate compensation when they are experiencing economic difficulties to prepare for the next crop and meet daily expenses. The impact of climate change about agriculture needs a focused approach to developing climate resilient crops for food security.” IMD predicted likely rainfall, thunderstorms and hail in the east northeast, east and central and adjacent peninsular regions of India over the next three days.


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