In Uttar Pradesh, two days of rain, hailstorm and storm have deepened the distress of the farmers. Wheat, mustard and gram crops have suffered tremendous damage due to rain and hail, while farmers digging late sown potatoes have also suffered. There are still possibilities of rain and thunderstorm in some parts of the state.
In most of the districts of eastern and central Uttar Pradesh, due to rain and strong winds, the standing wheat crop has fallen and got damaged due to soaking. The Agriculture Department says that the harvesting of standing wheat ready to be harvested will now be delayed and farmers have suffered losses separately. He says that since the first week of March, there was an increased possibility of weakening of wheat grains due to increase in temperature and now production will be affected due to rain and thunderstorms. It may also take a while for the new crop of wheat to enter the market.
The Meteorological Department says that after two days of bad weather in eastern and central Uttar Pradesh, there will be improvement now. However, in many districts of the west, once from Thursday to Saturday, the weather is expected to deteriorate and thunderstorms. On Tuesday, Kaisarganj in Bahraich district of the state received the maximum rainfall of 130 mm while Varanasi district received 60 mm of rain. Hail had lashed several times on Monday and Tuesday in two dozen districts of the state.
Officials of the Agriculture Department say that along with the mustard crop, gram has also suffered significant damage due to the hailstorm. These days the harvesting of the mustard crop being prepared in the state begins. Due to hailstorm falling on the ready mustard, the grains have been damaged and in many places the entire crop has been damaged. The same condition has happened with gram also, where the ripening pods have been broken due to strong wind and hailstorm.
Horticulture Department says that in some places in the state, especially in the districts of Awadh, the work of digging late potatoes was going on. After two days of rain, the ready potatoes will start rotting in the fields and the produce will be affected. However, he says that 90 percent of potatoes have come in the market in the state, due to which now the loss will not have any special effect on the prices.
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