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Unexpected rainfall good for crops, say Agromet officials

Friday, 9 May 2014 - 8:52am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna
  • pune-IndianMeteorologicalDepartment(IMD)-AgrometeorologyDepartment The city's weather fluctuation may cause health-related issues to people, but the Agrometeorology Department experts believe that it is very useful for crops. dna Correspondent dna

Pune: A day after surrounding areas of Pune were lashed by rain and thundershowers, the city witnessed humid day with cloud cover for most parts of the day on Thursday. 
The weather fluctuation may cause health-related issues to people, but the Agrometeorology Department experts believe that it is very useful for crops.
Various parts of the city including Kothrud, Pashan, Hadapsar and Kondhwa had witnessed few spells of showers. 
The rain was severe in Maval area, especially in Lonavla and Khandala where rain created havoc on Wednesday. Following the rainfall activity in and around Pune, the humidity level increased on Thursday. 
India Meteorological Department officials said, “Due to ongoing rainfall activity and cloudy weather, city has witnessed a drop in temperature and the night in particular were cooler. However, due to rain, humidity has increased.”
Though it is a summer time, Puneites are likely witness more rainfall in the next couple of days. Predicting the rainfall activity in the city for next 48 hours, IMD officials said, “There is a low pressure area across Marathwada upto Karnataka due to which there is a possibility of rain in isolated areas of Pune in the next 48 hours.”
Though the rain in summer is unusual, Agromet officials claimed that it is good for crops. N Chattopadhyay, deputy director general of Meteorology (Agricultural Meteorology) said, “These pre-monsoon showers will not harm the crops, infact it is useful for Kharip crops. The farmers should now start ploughing ahead of monsoon.”
When asked about any possible damage to mangoes, Chattopadhyay said, “Most of the mangoes are harvested and whatever are remaining to be harvested will not be harmed by this rain. If it would have been a hailstorm, it would have definitely damaged the fruits.”
Nath Khaire, a mango trader in Chhatrapati Shivaji Market Yard in Gultekdi said, “If it is a small spell of rain for a day, it will help mangoes for ripening faster.”




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