Punjab News Rainwater damages wheat stock


Staff member
Ferozepur/Moga April 18:

All claims by the Punjab Mandi Board regarding the smooth procurement of wheat proved hollow last night when rainwater stagnated at Jalalabad grain market of the district causing damage to wheat.

While a section of farmers managed to save their produce by covering it with tarpaulin, others were not as lucky. With a proper drainage system missing at the market, the heaps of grains left in the open, and even the wheat packed in gunny bags, got submerged.

District Mandi Officer, Ferozepur, Manjeet Singh Sandhu said the stagnation occurred as the level of grain market was down than that of the road. He said the water was drained out later through a pump. Meanwhile, the rains have hit harvesting in various parts of Ferozepur and its neighbouring districts, including Bathinda and Muktsar. Official sources said till April 16, only 17,945 MT of wheat had arrived in various grain markets of Ferozepur district, as against 5.97 lakh MT in the corresponding period last year.

In Moga, light to moderate rain accompanied by a hailstorm ruined the hopes of farmers looking for a good yield. Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Ravi Kumar Sabbarwal has asked his officers to move out into the rural areas, gather information and submit a report on the impact of the rain on the wheat crop today.