Haryana: Rain, hailstorm damage wheat in Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, Ambala

Haryana: Rain, hailstorm damage wheat in Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, Ambala


AMBALA: The recent rain and hailstorm along with strong winds have flattened Rabi crops including wheat and mustard in some parts of Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, and Ambala. The major loss has been reported from the Kurukshetra district where the hailstorm and rain have wreck havoc mainly in Shahabad, Pehowa, Thanesar and least in Ladwa and Babain areas of the district.
Kurukshetra deputy director agriculture (DDA) Pardeep Meel told, “In last 24 hours, in Kurukshetra, Shahabad recorded 17mm rain, Thanesar 12mm, Babain 5mm, and Ladwa 2mm. A total of 1.15 lakh hectare area has been sown under wheat in Kurukshetra, out of which, approximately 6,500 hectares have been affected due to recent weather conditions up to Saturday. Similarly in Kurukshetra, so far, 350 hectare area of mustard has been affected out of the total 2,460 up to Friday.”
However, the Kurukshetra statistical officer of the agriculture department, Balkar told, “In March month, the department has so far received nearly 3,300 applications from Kurukshetra district farmers for wheat loss insurance claim under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana and the affected area is estimated around 6,500 hectares.”
Ambala DDA Dr Girish Nagpal told, “In last 24 hours in Ambala, Naraingarh recorded 14 mm rain, Barara 12mm and Ambala 1 mm. Around 87,000 hectares are cultivated under wheat in Ambala. Up to Saturday, we have received a total of 844 insurance claim applications of wheat loss due to inundation or hailstorm in Ambala district and the exact area affected is yet to be ascertained. The offices of the agriculture department are open at block level to receive insurance claim applications. However, if the weather turns favourable the crops will recover from lodging.”
On the other side, there are reports of rain, strong winds, and hailstorm affecting wheat, mustard and green fodder crops in Radaur area of Yamunanagar district as well. As per the agriculture officials estimation in Radaur block, the rainfall and hailstorm has affected 10-20% wheat in 660 acres, 20-30% in 480 acres and 30-40% in 190 acres. Similarly, the weather has affected 10-20% mustard in 70 acres, 20-30% in 55 acres and 30-40% in 35 acres in Radaur area.
Yamunanagar assistant plant protection officer (APPO) Rakesh Kumar said, “The weather has mostly affected Radaur area in Yamunanagar and not much damage has been reported from other parts of the district.”
Yamunanagar DDA Surender Singh Yadav told, “So far, a total estimation of wheat loss in around 7,000 acres has been reported in Yamunanagar. Our office will remain open for 72 hours so the farmers can submit their claim forms. Those who have not insured their crops will be looked after by the Revenue Department.”



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