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Rain to boost wheat yield, contain yellow rust disease: Punjab official

PTI Chandigarh | Updated on January 22, 2019 Published on January 22, 2019

Widespread rain that lashed Punjab and Haryana is beneficial for the wheat crop and will help boost the yield, an official of the Punjab agriculture department said Tuesday. Rain will also help contain the yellow rust fungal disease, the director of the agriculture department, Jasbir Singh Bains, said.

“Rains have come at the right time. At this stage, rains are very beneficial for the wheat crop. Rainfall will lead to increase in photosynthesis activity and it will help in increasing output of the crop,” he explained.

Wheat is the main rabi crop in Punjab and is grown on over 35 lakh hectares in the State.

“The weather conditions were congenial for the attack of yellow rust. But now, with rains, it will be controlled to a large extent,” Bains said, adding that an attack of yellow rust had already appeared on the wheat crop in a village in Anandpur Sahib.

Yellow rust is a fungal disease that turns crop leaves yellow and stops photosynthesis activity. Bains, however, advised wheat growers to not let the rain water stagnate in the field as it could be harmful to the crop.

Widespread rain lashed Punjab and Haryana Monday, with Pathankot receiving the highest rainfall of 94 mm.

Amritsar (13.1 mm), Ludhiana (53.6 mm), Patiala (14.8 mm), Adampur (57 mm), Halwara (44 mm), Bathinda (4 mm), Faridkot (2.2 mm) and Gurdaspur (67.1 mm). were among the places that received rainfall in Punjab.

In Haryana, Chandigarh (10.6 mm), Ambala (7.7 mm), Hisar (30 mm), Karnal (16.8), Narnaul (12 mm), Rohtak (3.2 mm), Bhiwani (1.4 mm) and Sirsa (5 mm) received rainfall, an official of the meteorological department said here Tuesday.

Published on January 22, 2019
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