March 26, 2009 2:02:50 am
Untimely rain in the past two days in most parts of Haryana,which could delay the harvesting of wheat crop,has come as a damper not just to farmers of the state,but all political parties as well,who have been waiting patiently for the harvesting season to end before they could utilise the services of farmers for their political campaigns for the Lok Sabha elections.
With more rains predicted in the next few days,farmers as well as politicians are keeping their fingers crossed. Haryana is slated to go to the polls on May 7. Mid-April would have been just the right time for the political parties to launch their campaigns on a full scale. But it would be difficult in the absence of the farmers and their tractors if they get tied down with the harvesting process due to rains.
We can manage with the present rains,which have not been very heavy so far. But if they continue and delay the harvesting process,then the political campaigns would naturally be affected, says senior BJP leader Gyan Chand Gupta.
Meanwhile,light showers were received in some parts of Ambala,Hisar,Karnal,Sonepat and Nahan again today. According to the Weather Bureau,on an average,0.1 mm rain was recorded at all these places. Officials in the Haryana Agriculture Department said rains and windy weather at this stage are not good for the wheat crop,which is fully ripe and at a harvesting stage. The forecast is that the region is likely to get more rains by Friday,which is bad news for the crop.
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The output of wheat,whose procurement is to commence from April 1 in Haryana,this year is expected to be less than the last years production due to rising temperature in winter season and attack of yellow rust. With rains now,the situation can only worsen.
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