Dry weather hits wheat sowing in Himachal

KUMARHATTI: The dry weather condition has affected the wheat sowing circle in this area baldy. Though the light rain in earlier part of last month had facilitated the sowing season as per schedule but no rain in later part delayed the process on large scale. The farmers in certain pockets in area have failed to sow the wheat on time for want of rain. The low level of moisture in earth has further added to the farmers woes.

The sowing season has delayed for over two weeks, rued a farmer of Banasar area under Dharampur block. No rain in near future would mean no sowing of crop this time, lamented another farmer of same area. The wheat sowing generally starts in November and by this time the most of farmers’ complete process. However a random survey of area falling under Bhojnagar, Kabakalan, Neri Kalan and Bohali panchayats showed that the farmers were yet to start the sowing.

The seeds were procured well in advance to complete the process timely, said farmers of Dharon village under Bohali panchayat. But all projections have failed to take practical shape, the farmers rued. The farmers’ worries were increasing with each passing days as the sowing season was about to end .Moreover the dry weather has also cast its shadow on peas crop in area. The weak monsoon followed by the clear weather conditions mostly has badly affected the arkel variety of peas.

The peas’ crop was immediately sown after the harvesting of maize crop in mid-September but lack of rain has eclipsed the healthy prospectus of crop. While admitting the delay in sowing of wheat a senior agriculture official has said that till now around 3000 quintal of wheat seeds have been sold by the department as against the normal expected sale of 3500 quintal. The seed sale could reach to its annual average of 5000 quintal in case rain was occurred on time, he pointed out.

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