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Untimely rain and hailstorm damages crops Wheat, Grapes in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh

Saturday, 8 March 2014 - 4:28pm IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

PUNE: As the untimely rain and hailstorm in some parts of the state created inconvenience to people, it has wider impact on the crops as large quantity of crops including wheat, grapes, mustard, vegetables in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh have been damaged. However, there is some relief for Mango lovers as no damage to Mango has been reported in Konkan region.
The Agrometerology department of Indian Meteorology department (IMD) is closely is now assessing the damage taken place to the crop due to the untimely rain and hailstorm. According to the reports received from various locations, the experts of agromet stated that most of the damage has been reported in Vidarbha, Marathwada and Sangli area in Maharashtra state while Bhopal and nearby areas in Madhya Pradesh have also reported crop damage.
N Chattopadhyay, deputy director general of Meteorology (Agricultural Meteorology) told dna, " The areas where rain and hailstorm have created havoc includes most parts of Vidarbha, parts of Marathwada, grapes farms in Sangli in Maharashtra and parts of Madhya Pradesh. We had given timely forecast for the rain, however we can not give forecast for hailstorm which has caused maximum damage to crops."
" These are all rabi crops and they were at various stages like some crops were at harvesting stage while some were still at developing stage. In Sangli, hailstorms has caused damaged to grapes while Dhule area, mostly wheat, onion has been damaged. In Vidarbha region, mostly it is Jawar crop that has faced damage. In Ahmednagar, Pomegranate crops have suffered damage due to untimely rain," Chattopadhyay said.
Though Pune has received rain in last couple days but no major damage to crops in Pune. " We have not got any reports of damage to crops in Pune yet. Apart from that no untimely rain has been reported in Konkan area and therefore the mango crop is safe," Chattopadhyay added.


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