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Flood destructs 2.40 lakh hectares of paddy crops in Punjab

New Delhi: Several parts of Punjab have been flooded due to the incessant rains in the region, following which, nearly 2.40 lakh hectares of paddy crop areas were feared to be damaged. A senior official informed, “Paddy area of 2.40 lakh hectares has been affected (because of rains) and out of which the crop over […]

Edited By : Prateek Gautam | Updated: Jul 14, 2023 18:52 IST
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Around 2.40 lakh hectares of paddy crops have been affected by rise in flood water

New Delhi: Several parts of Punjab have been flooded due to the incessant rains in the region, following which, nearly 2.40 lakh hectares of paddy crop areas were feared to be damaged.

A senior official informed, “Paddy area of 2.40 lakh hectares has been affected (because of rains) and out of which the crop over 83,000 hectares will be resown.”

As reported by the news agency PTI, those areas where the paddy crops were deeply affected were Patiala, Sangrur, Mohali, Ludhiana, Jalandhara and Fatehgarh Sahib districts.

According to the director of agriculture Gurvinder Singh, the farmers have to choose the premium aromatic variety basmati which can be sown later for better results.

“At all the places where crop have suffered damages the farmers had to set up nurseries afresh for which they have been advised to transplant late sown variety PR 126 variety for which seeds are available with state’s corporation Punseed, which has been asked to made available seeds to the farmers,” PTI quoted Gurvinder Singh.

A special girdawari will be conducted to assess the exact crop loss, he added further. Girdawari is a legal Revenue Department document used in India specifying land and crop details.

Nearly 32,000 acres of area in Fatehgarh has suffered severe losses, whereas in Patiala, around 12,500 acres has been rendered in a condition to be resown.

The agricultural department started carrying out surveys already. As per the officials, there are chances that such loses may increase if the flood water level does not go down.

First published on: Jul 14, 2023 06:52 PM IST

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