The much-awaited rainfall since Friday early morning has provided relief to farmers, mainly in the Kandi area, which is a sub-mountainous region and mostly dependent on rain for irrigation purpose.
Agriculture development officer Amrik Singh said rain was much needed for the wheat crop, particularly in Kandi area. “The absence of rain hit the crop badly in Kandi area. The farmers in the plains were irrigating with tubewells,” he added.
The farmers, who have been waiting for rain since December, said this shower is like tonic for wheat and mustard crops.
A farmer from Sansarpur village in Hoshiarpur in Kandi belt said this rain has provided a big relief to them and their crop.
Jagtar Singh, a farmer from Talwara, said: “In some areas in Kandi belt, the wheat crop had reached up to the stage that should come in mid-February. It was a major setback for the crop as far as yield is concerned. Rain and cold weather are required for wheat crop at the moment.”
Avtar Singh, a farmer from Char-ke village, said: “We have irrigated the crop around two weeks ago. The timely rain
will help in the second irrigation.”
This year, Punjab had missed rainfall in December and early January.