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No adverse impact of rain, hailstorm on wheat output: DWR

No adverse impact of rain, hailstorm on wheat output: DWR
PTI | 06:04 PM,Apr 12,2012
Chandigarh, Apr 12 (PTI) Karnal-based Directorate of Wheat Research (DWR) today said rain accompanied by hailstorm and squall that hit various parts of Punjab and Haryana would not cause any adverse impact to wheat production in both agrarian states. However, the research institute said downpour could delay wheat harvesting for couple of days more during the ongoing Rabi Marketing season 2012-13. "There will be no harm to wheat crop due to rain and hailstorm as reports from Punjab and Haryana suggest that the impact of rain on winter crop is minimal," DWR, Project Director, Indu Sharma today said. However, she said that crop could get lose its sheen or luster because of rain. "The wheat crop, wherever it has got flattened, will regain its position as days remain clearer with sunshine," she said, adding, "There is no reason to be worried about the loss of wheat production." Though crop harvesting may be further delayed, Sharma advised farmers to get the crop dried completely before bringing it to mandis for sale. "It is very important for wheat growers to ensure that the moisture level in wheat crop should not be higher. Therefore they should get it dried before taking to the market," she said. Punjab and Haryana have projected wheat output of 156 lakh tonne (yield of 45 quintals per hectare) and 118.61 lakh tonne (yield of 47.35 quintals a hectare) respectively for the current season. Wheat harvesting in Punjab and Haryana have already got delayed by up to ten days because of extended cold conditions in northern region. Corroborating the same, Punjab Agriculture department also ruled out the possibility of major impact on wheat yield due to rain and high velocity winds, which hit various parts of Punjab and Haryana on Wednesday and in wee hours today. A senior official of the department said a report collected from fields revealed that wheat crop was in good condition in major parts of Punjab, barring minor area of about 500 acres being impacted by rain and hailstorm. MORE PTI CHS

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