Weather has remained unpredictable like the political scenario in Jammu and Kashmir. The late rains at this time of the year has left farmers flummoxed especially about the quality of wheat crop which generally get ripe for harvest in April traditionally near to Baisakhi festival in the north. Mercury has remained almost at low like the political temperature with hardly any enthusiasm to be seen with farmer remaining a worried lot. In the political arena the second coming together of National Conference and Congress too looks to be somewhat a picture of uncertainty like prevailing in the farm sector about the crop prospects. Though it is too early to estimate the crop damage but there were reports of lodging (flattening) of wheat in a few villages following overnight rain and thunderstorm leading to water logging in some areas. The recent rainfall accompanied by strong winds and thunder showers have left farmers a worried lot. No doubt the moisture is good for other crop as well as health of the people especially people who have breathing related diseases but the worrisome for the farmers would be the retaining of moisture by the yet to ripen crop leading to the possibilities of damages to the crop, so is the political fortunes too. If the rains come ahead of the harvesting time [April to mid-May], it is always disastrous. It can hit production of a crop such as wheat by between 20 per cent and 30 per cent, and if the rain is accompanied by hailstorms and winds then the losses can escalate to more than 50 per cent. In the upper regions of the state it is snow and landslides blocking the highway and roads and cutting off villages and towns. It looks weather and politics are heading somewhat in the same direction in Jammu and Kashmir.
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