16 Apr '11, 12pm

Rain worries wheat growers in Punjab, Haryana

Chandigarh , Apr 16 (PTI) As wheat harvesting picks up in Punjab and Haryana , recent rain and windy weather has left farmers in the states worried. Hailstorm lashed Jalandhar yesterday, while Amritsar, Phagwara, Nawanshahr and Balachaur received showers, which was accompanied by strong winds. Showers also lashed isolated places in Haryana, while windy weather prevailed in Chandigarh. The Meteorological Department has forecast light to moderate rains or thunder showers are likely to occur in parts of Punjab and Haryana over the next two days. "Hail storm and strong winds have damaged my crop," Sukhdev Singh, a farmer in a village in Jalandhar said. "The rain at early stage of wheat crop is beneficial, but rain and windy weather during these days can cause great damage to the ripe crop," he said. With produce reaching various grain markets for procurement, rains at this sta...

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