Icy winds lash area, minus 1°C in Faridkot
New Delhi, January 15
With the minimal temperatures dropping to sub-zero within the northwest area, primarily in Rajasthan and Punjab, floor frost appeared in a number of elements, posing a risk to wheat and vegetable crops.
Agriculture specialists have instructed farmers to irrigate the fields to alleviate the potential harm. The Indian Meteorological Division (IMD) stated the chilly wave circumstances would intensify within the subsequent 24 hours over the northwest area. It has already issued a crimson alert in elements of Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi until January 18. Faridkot (Punjab) recorded a minimal temperature of minus 1 levels Celsius on Sunday, Fatehpur (Rajathan) minus 4.7 levels Celsius, Churu (Rajasthan) minus 2.5 levels Celsius and Ujwa (Delhi) minus 0.1 levels Celsius.
Dr Tarsem Singh Dhillon, head of Vegetable Science Division, PAU, stated persistent fog or floor frost might result in stunting of greens due to declining photosynthesis exercise owing to lack of daylight. “Growers ought to cowl greens with polythene sheets to forestall frost damage,” he stated.
Dr Virinder Singh Sohu, Principal Wheat Breeder, PAU, stated floor frost was unfavorable for the standing wheat crop. The farmers ought to irrigate the fields to forestall harm, he stated.