Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 17
The early morning downpour today brought respite for city dwellers, as it saved them from the scorching heat all day. The showers brought smiles for the farmers who are busy in paddy transplantation. The downpour caught the city residents off guard, as these suddenly started at 8:45 am.
The mild showers continued till 11.30 am, resulting in slow-moving traffic on roads.
The farmers stated that so far the rain god had been merciful to them, as it had rained twice since they were allowed to transplant paddy on June 15.
“It had rained in the morning and in the evening as well on June 15. Today’s showers were plentiful and it helped in waterlogging of the fields,” said Naginder Singh of Basarke village. Paddy transplantation in the fields has picked up pace.
The farmers stated that the faster pace of transplantation had pushed up the demand for labour and they were charging Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,000 per acre. The farmers were also alluring labour with desi liquor and other incentives as free fodder for their animals, said another farmer Gurpal Singh of the same village.
As most of the agricultural area in the district is irrigated with tube wells, the showers came as a much-needed boost.
“As the temperature decreases after rain, the rate of evaporation, too, reduces which helps in saving a lot of water,” said a field official with the Agricultural Department.
An area of around 1.80 lakh hectares in the district is expected to come under paddy transplantation. Officials stated that 40 per cent of the total area would come under basmati varieties.
Though the rain brought respite from heat for the city dwellers, it also posed problems as it resulted in waterlogging in certain low-lying areas. The waterlogging was also witnessed alongside the newly built BRTS corridors.
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