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Rise in mercury may affect crop yield: Experts

Ruchika M Khanna

Press Reporter News Service

Chandigarh, March 2

The abnormally excessive temperature may result in stress within the standing wheat crop in Punjab and adversely have an effect on its yield. It will affect the one sector in Punjab’s financial system — agriculture — that has been on the upswing within the Covid-induced financial downturn.

The temperature has remained round 32°C for many a part of the final week, however after slight showers, the imply common temperature for the week got here right down to 27°C. That is nonetheless abnormally excessive for this time of the yr when the wheat crop is on the ripening stage.

Farm specialists say that top temperature stress is a serious environmental issue that limits yield in wheat. Each one diploma enhance above the imply temperature of 23°C will end in fall in wheat yield. The excessive temperature reported within the final week may result in a loss in wheat yield by virtually three per cent, they warn.

Within the ongoing rabi advertising and marketing season, the whole space beneath wheat cultivation within the state is 35.10 lakh hectares. With an anticipated yield of 50.5 quintals per hectare, the state is concentrating on a manufacturing of 177 lakh tonnes.

Nevertheless, officers within the state Agriculture Division stated if the temperature remained as excessive throughout this week, it will hit the manufacturing because the yield lack of seven to eight per cent may very well be there. It could be added that sources within the Meteorology Division say that there is no such thing as a prediction of rain within the coming week. They, nonetheless, say that even when the temperature falls until March 20, the yield loss may be minimalised.

Punjab’s Director Agriculture Sukhdev Singh stated they had been maintaining a detailed watch on the rising temperature and had issued an advisory to farmers to irrigate their fields in order that the crop doesn’t get burdened.

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