Rains threaten to affect bumper paddy output
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Last Updated: Saturday, September 17, 2011, 17:32
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," said Gosal.


First Published: Saturday, September 17, 2011, 17:32

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