Unseasonal rains, hailstorms damage standing crops in large parts of India

NEW DELHI, March 21: Unseasonal rains and hailstorms in large parts of India over the past three days have damaged standing crops, particularly wsite vente en ligne vtt amazon deuter spheric 28 Switzerland ανταλλακτικα πλυντηριο ρουχων πιτσος harmont&blaine combinaison fee maraboutee verset stella perfume legging nike rose monki velour yeezy boost 350 v2 onyx adidas 3st.003 férfi deszkás cipő fehér kék site vente en ligne vtt amazon alpargatas vflex prix aspirateur à eau amazon yeezy boost 350 v2 onyx adidas originals 3mc blackheat and mustard, across thousands of acres of agricultural land.

The federal government is yet to release official figures on the estimate of damaged crops and the financial losses suffered by farmers.

Rains accompanied by thunderstorms lashed Delhi and its surrounding areas on Monday. Reports of rains and hailstorms have flooded the media and social media platforms, with people expressing sympathies for the farmers.

Agriculture in India is largely dependent on rain, but at times incessant rains also incur huge losses.

Almost the whole of India has witnessed untimely rains and hailstorms since Saturday. The months of March and April are the harvesting season in the South Asian country, particularly for the wheat and mustard crops, mainly in northern, central and western parts of India.

Narendra Yadav, a farmer in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh said that he anticipated more than 60 percent loss in wheat crops due to the unwelcome rains and hailstorms.

“Every year I sow wheat in nearly 1.5 acres (of land) and used to harvest nearly 150 quintals (15,000 kilograms). But this time I would get less than 30-40 quintals (3,000-4,000 kilograms) of wheat after these ill-timed rains and hailstorms damaged the standing crops during the past three days,” added Yadav.

Similar reports of crop damage were received from other states including Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Rahul Rao, a farmer from the Mahendragarh district of Haryana state told Xinhua over the phone that the farmers in his area would face losses up to 80 percent this season.

A report published by the New Indian Express newspaper said, “The untimely hailstorm that lashed the state of Telangana on Thursday and in the early hours of Friday left a trail of devastation over 20,000 acres of maize, green gram, papaya and mango and other crops, most of which were in flowering and ripening stages. According to agriculture department officials, over 18,826 acres of maize, farmed by around 1,930 farmers, was damaged in the erstwhile Khammam district (in Telangana) alone.”

The India Meteorological Department issued an advisory to farmers suggesting they postpone the harvesting of crops, fruits and vegetables and keep the already harvested produce in a safe and dry place.

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