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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Concern over deficit rainfall in Fazilka


Concern over deficit rainfall in Fazilka

Our Correspondent

Fazilka, August 12

Deficit rainfall has added to the woes of farmers who have already been facing crisis of clean irrigation water and are striving to protect their paddy crop due to scanty rainfall in the district.

Official sources said the district recorded minimum rainfall during the current monsoon season.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) sources said only 90.7 mm rainfall was recorded in Fazilka till August 11 against expected 120.5 mm.

They said the maximum rainfall of 478 mm had been recorded in Kapurthala district.

“Paddy grows fast due to rainwater as deep bore tubwell water has been rendered unfit for irrigation purposes,” said Sandeep Kumar of Shajrana village.

Agriculture Department sources said basmati and parmal varieties of paddy had been sown in about one lakh hectares in the district. Of one lakh, basmati variety has been sown in about 76,000 hectares and that of parmal variety in about 24,000 hectares.

“Earlier farmers had been facing shortage of canal water, but now the situation has improved in the last few days,” said Hardip Singh Dhakk, sarpanch of Khanpur village.

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