Tribune News Service
Ambala, October 11
Untimely rain accompanied with strong winds and hailstorm flattened standing paddy crop at several places in the district on Thursday. The produce lying in the open and lakhs of paddy bags at grain markets also got drenched, resulting in higher moisture level in the crop.
Sources said paddy farmers had already suffered a loss of five to seven quintal per acre this year and fresh rain had further declined the production. The quality of the produce had been badly affected.
Seeking a compensation, farmers blocked the Ambala-Hisar highway for nearly three hours. Traffic had to be diverted through other routes. Political leaders reached the spot and sought early survey and a relief for the affected farmers. The farmers said their crop had been damaged by the hailstorm and they must be given some relief at the earliest.
Avtar Singh, a farmer from Sonda village, said, “Almost 90 per cent of our crop has damaged. The government should give a relief of Rs 50,000 per acre. It should also give relaxation in burning the residue as we have already suffered losses.”
The protesters lifted the blockade only after MLA Aseem Goel and the SDM, City, gave them an assurance of adequate compensation and early survey.
Deputy Director, Agriculture, Girish Nagpal said, “Although the crop has suffered losses due to fresh rain and hailstorm, the percentage is yet to be assessed. The farmers have been advised to file crop insurance claim forms at the earliest.”
DC Sharandeep Kaur also visited the affected areas and directed patwaris to carry out a survey.
She said all farmers whether their crops were covered under the scheme would be included in the survey and given compensation.
Meanwhile, rain led to waterlogging in several areas of the district. The railway underpass near the Shahstri colony and the residence of the Health Minister were flooded.
Yamunanagar: Standing paddy crop in Jagadhri and Sarasvati Nagar blocks of Yamunanagar district was damaged following heavy rain accompanied with winds and hailstorm on Thursday. Waterlogging was reported in Hamida, Camp, Professor Colony, Azad Nagar, Chhoti Line, near Matka Chowk, and at several other places in Yamunanagar and Jagadhri. The Yamunanagar-Radaur-Kurukshetra state highway remained closed for more than one hour due to uprooting of trees at several places. The Jathlana road also remained blocked, leading to traffic disruption.
Seeking a compensation, the affected farmers, including Krishan Pal Sudhal, Mandeep Singh, Anil Mandebar, Karnail, Biraram Binder and Pawan, handed over a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner Girish Arora.