Excess rains have affected cotton crop in the cotton growing districts of Jalgaon, Dhule and Nandurbar in Maharashtra. The cotton bolls have started rotting, which will affect the first plucking. A cotton plant undergoes about four pluckings in the harvesting season. The rains will reduce the quality of cotton in the first plucking, which will affect farmers’ earnings.
Cotton growers in the semi-arid Abohar belt of Fazilka district are facing losses as waterlogging on nearly 17,000 hectares of land for more than a fortnight has damaged their standing crop. Fields in at least 20 villages were inundated after the catchment area of the Aspal drain in Fazilka, Muktsar and Ferozepur districts had witnessed heavy rainfall on August 21 and 22.
Due to the recent downpour, cotton and other crops spread over 10,000 acres in Abohar, Khuyiansarwer and Fazilka development blocks have been damaged. As per a preliminary survey conducted by teams of the Agriculture Department, the loss to crops, mainly cotton and maize, ranges from 15 to 17 per cent in about 10,000 acres across 60 villages.
Heavy rains have damaged cotton crop in several villages in Narwana and Uchana areas of Jind district. According to the data, 64mm rainfall was reported on July 20, 20mm on July 21 and 34mm on July 22. Several residents of Gasho Kalan village said rainwater had accumulated in the area due to continuous rainfall and around 200 acres had been affected and crops in nearly 50 acres had been almost inundated.
Continuous rain over the last three days has started damaging the cotton crop in many areas of Punjab's Malwa region. Damage has been reported to paddy and basmati as well, especially where the crop was recently transplanted. However, it is much less as compared to cotton, which can't sustain in stagnating rainwater.
With much of the country still gripped by drought, only one-third of Australia's usual summer crops have been planted this year. The latest Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) report predicts the total summer crop production to fall by 66 percent to just 878,000 tonnes — the lowest yield in more than a decade.
The farmers should make proper arrangements for removal of weeds on priority basis as these badly affect the yield and cause reduction in wheat production up to 42 per cent. A spokesman for agriculture department said weeds not only reduced quantity of crop production but also played a major role for damaging quality of grains.
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