Photo: Amar Ujala.
Farmers have suffered a lot due to unseasonal rains and hailstorm in some areas of the country. On Saturday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) advised farmers in Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh to postpone harvesting of wheat and other rabi crops in view of the possibility of unseasonal rain and hailstorm in the next few days.
Regarding ripening crops, the IMD has advised farmers to harvest crops like mustard and gram in some states at the earliest and store them in safe places. Along with this, farmers have also been asked not to irrigate the wheat crop to avoid crop failure.
The IMD said that light/moderate rain and thundershower occurred over most parts of the country during the last 24 hours. Hailstorm was also observed over Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, West Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rayalaseema in Andhra Pradesh and North Interior Karnataka during the last 24 hours.