Rain that started in the morning continued to lash the district the whole day on Saturday. A light to moderate shower not only disrupted normal life in city areas but also put the farmers in a difficult situation.
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A farmer shows his damaged wheat crop after the rain in Tarn Taran on Saturday. Tribune photo

Jagwinder Singh, Chief Agriculture Officer (CEO), said today’s rain till evening was not harmful but if it continued further then the wheat crop must be affected with the yellow rust which would decrease the yield of the crop.

Gurbaj Singh Sidhwan, a farmer of Sidhwan village, said rain was not beneficial for the wheat or any other crop at this time as the cold weather coupled with lack of sunshine was already not in favour of farmers.

He said the field had not dried till date though it rained three weeks ago as the sun had been playing truant for the last many days. The skies remained overcast making the climate colder which meant farmers would not be able to get a good yield of wheat crop.

He said there was acute shortage of fodder crops and dairy owners were facing troubles as prices of the dry fodder (toori) too had gone up from Rs300 to Rs700 per quintal in the last few days.

Farmer Sukhdev Singh, a resident of Shahabur-Dial village, said the fields, had not been sown with wheat crop (after harvesting potato and green peas) due to wet fields for the last three weeks.

Two more local dairies are getting out after another tough year.

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