Till few years back the unprovoked firing by Pakistan was the matter of worry for the farmers in the Jammu region, but this year it is the freaky weather which has given the farmers anxious moments over the crop prospects. The sudden change in weather within few hours from scorching heat to a cloudy and cool climate somewhat similar to wintry conditions is a matter of concern. Most of the wheat crop has riped and is in harvest condition. The untimely rain which has hit the region has brought down the temperature causing sleepless nights for the growers. The untimely high velocity winds followed by rain, which is still continuing in upper parts of Jammu no doubt has brought the much sought after relief from the rising temperature but farmers have reasons to remain worry some. Most of the wheat crop which has reached the harvest stage has been flattened due to high velocity winds and rains. The inclement weather has also damaged sugar cane and vegetable crop equally. The Rabi crop, ready for harvesting in March-April, does not require rain as the crop is at ripening stage. Vegetables such as cauliflower, tomato and coriander could be the worst affected. Farmers may be a worried lot for their produce where as at home it could be the housewives who must be feeling the maximum impact due to rising cost of vegetables and their non-availability. The people have not forgotten the devastation caused by 2014 rains and floods which destroyed over 1.04 lakh houses across the State while over 1.5 lakh houses suffered partial damage. Jammu and Kashmir is yet to come out of the trauma experienced due to rains and floods and another catastrophe hitting would be too heavy financially and psychologically for the people. Not only this, late sown mustard crop is in flowering stage and high velocity wind may induce flower shading. Ultimately poor seed setting may happen; grains may also shrivel due to which grain maturity will be impacted.
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