Rains threaten to affect bumper paddy output
Chandigarh: Torrential rains that lashed
northern region in the last one week are likely to affect
paddy crop in Punjab as farm scientists have forecast that the
crop may have lesser yield.
"Heavy rains at this stage hit pollination exercise in
paddy crop as water wash away the pollens which prevents seed
development in the crop, thus it can have an adverse affect on
yield of the crop," Punjab Agricultural University director
Research SS Gosal told a news agency today.
Worried over the unusual cloudy conditions prevailing
in northern region during flowering stage of paddy crop, Singh
said that persistent cover of clouds prevent photosynthesis
process of the crop.
"As a result of it, seed does not develop properly
which is also not good for the overall yield of crop," he said.
Northern region saw heavy rains in kharif season that
lashed various places of Punjab in September.
Farm scientists have also expressed fear that paddy
may face attack of bacterial and fungus diseases as current
weather conditions are quite conducive for them.
"When humidity level is quite high along with soaring
mercury, bacterial leaf blight and sheath rot diseases could
attack the paddy crop and they have the potential of causing
extensive damage to crop if appropriate steps are not taken,"
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