Rise in mercury worries farmers
Manmeet Singh Gill
Amritsar, February 18
The bizarre rise in temperature, particularly throughout the daytime, has fearful farmers as they worry a lower in yield. Farmers complained that day temperature was unusually excessive and it might lead to ripening of the crop early.
“Grains begin to shrink even earlier than they’ve gained their full mass and because of this, total produce would lower,” mentioned Joginder Singh, a farmer, including that the climate situation had additionally elevated the irrigation wants of crops.
Don’t ignore crops’ irrigation wants
The rise in temperature is definitely worrisome. Farmers are suggested to not ignore irrigation wants of the crops, particularly wheat. For higher yield, farmers must also be cautious concerning ailments reminiscent of Karnal bunt and yellow rust. — Dr Jatinder Singh Gill, Chief agriculture officer
With wheat being a serious crop of the season, it has been grown on an estimated space of 1.80 lakh hectares within the district. Farmers mentioned final yr too that they had witnessed a lower within the wheat yield as temperature had elevated throughout mid-March.
They claimed that final yr, wheat yield had dropped by as much as 5 quintals. Nevertheless, the experiences by the district agriculture division assessed the loss to be round one quintal per acre.
“This time, because the climate has modified in mid-February, it’s feared that the loss could be greater than the final yr,” mentioned one other farmer Balkar Singh. He mentioned farmers have additionally cultivated mustard crop of their fields and are but to know concerning the impression of rise in temperature on it.
Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Jatinder Singh Gill mentioned: “The rise in temperature is definitely worrisome.” He mentioned farmers have been being suggested to not ignore irrigation wants of the crops, particularly wheat. He mentioned for higher yield, farmers must also be cautious concerning ailments reminiscent of Karnal bunt and yellow rust.