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Rain, hailstorm ravage paddy 

Moga: Unseasonal rain, coupled with hailstorm, during the past 24 hours in the state has caused widespread damage to paddy crop, which is almost ready to harvest in Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Patiala, Ropar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Mohali, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, Tarn Taran and some parts of Moga district.

Heavy rain and hailstorm have also flattened crops. The humidity content in paddy has increased beyond the permissible limits of 15 per cent resulting in hampering the procurement process. With accumulated rainwater in fields, harvesting by combine harvesters has been affected.

While confirming this to The Tribune, Dr Jasbir Singh Bains, Director, Agriculture Department, said about 2,500 acres of standing paddy crop had been affected in the Anandpur Sahib block of Ropar district, 1,500 acres in Khera and 500 acres in the Khamano blocks of Fatehgarh Sahib district. In Anandpur Sahib, heavy winds were also reported that flattened the standing paddy crop in many villages.

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