Extensive damage to crops has been reported in Jammu and Kashmir due to heavy rains that have been lashing the state for the past 48 hours, said the Met department on Tuesday.
Nabanshu Chattopadhyay, Deputy Director General (agricultural meteorology), IMD, said that continuation of such rains is ‘highly unusual’ for the region. Wheat, oats, mustard, gram and vegetables have been worst hit due to rains and most of these crops were in ready or in near ready stage, added Chattopadhyay.
“Rains have been lashing both the Valley and Jammu region. While in Kashmir crops such as oats, brown mustard and vegetables have been hit, in Jammu wheat, mustard, gram and vegetables have been destroyed,” he said.
According to IMD records, many regions in Jammu and Kashmir have received more than 10 cm of rain.
On Monday, Udhampur and Katra received 1020 mm and 1392 mm of rain, respectively. Similarly, observation centres in Kashmir, especially Batoe and Kukerghar, recorded 1244 mm and 847 mm of rain, respectively. “Rains were predicted well in advance and we have been issuing warnings since Friday,” he said.
Almost 50 per cent of the harvesting of wheat and mustard had been completed. Oats, gram and mustard crops were in the ear head emergence and pod formation stages.
“Due to rains, there could be degradation in the quality of grains. There are also chances of pests infecting the crops,” he said.
The damage to crops in the Valley would be a bit less as the majority of crops are in the vegetative or sowing stage, he added.
Jammu and Kashmir has over 24,2660 hectares under wheat cultivation and 6,5490 hectares under vegetable cultivation.
Apple and apricot orchards have not been hit much as they are not in the flowering stage.
A series of western disturbance (WD) along with the presence of a trough at mean sea level at south Andaman seas and and southeast Bay of Bengal is said to be cause behind rains in the region. A fresh western disturbance, which had hit the state on March 28, will continue for the next 48 hours.