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Old 08-Apr-2008
Farmers fear crop loss as rain continues

As North India is witnessing unseasonal rain, farmers are worried that it will spell disaster for the rabi crop, which is almost ready for harvest.

Farmers in Sangrur, Punjab, say if this weather continues, they will suffer huge losses.

''The rainy weather has destroyed our crops. We don't know what to do. The size of the wheat will be smaller. You tell us, who will buy such substandard quality of crop,'' said Hari, farmer.

''An acre of land that would have yielded around 20 quintals of wheat will now produce just 10-11 quintals. The government should help us,'' said Pratap, another farmer.

It's the same story all over North India. From Punjab to Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, fields are ready for harvest. But farmers are struggling to recover losses.

''This unseasonal rain has ruined our crops and things have become expensive. The government has made things so expensive. What can we do now? Our jeera and wheat crop has been damaged,'' said a farmer.

But there may be good news in the offing. The Met department says that it will stop raining in the next 48 hours.

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