In Punjab, rainfall occurred in Mohali, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Gurdaspur, Pathankot and Jalandhar. Chandigarh witnessed heavy showers during the day. Hailstorm was also reported in some areas of Punjab, including Chandigarh.
Puddling is a traditional method of flooding paddy fields with running water, whereas in non-puddling technique, 'ridges and furrows' are formed in soil to let water store in spaces and let it stay, thus reducing irrigation frequency.
Despite setting a target to bring down by over one lakh hectares (lh) area under rice cultivation this year, Punjab has failed and acreage under the crop has already reached up to 29.57 lh and is likely touch 30 lh again.