STORY: Several quintals of wheat harvest was ruined in India’s northern Karnal city on Monday (April 09) in overnight rain.
The wheat was stored in open at Nissing wholesale market by local farmers for government procurement. Farmers alleged that a delay in starting the procurement exercise and lack of storage facilities cost them dearly.
We could have avoided this loss if things had been planned earlier; everything is a waste now, a distraught farmer, Angrez Singh, said.
India is the world’s second biggest wheat producer and the crop is sown from October to September. The monsoon is the lifeblood for India’s farm-dependent $2 trillion economy and nearly two thirds of the country’s 1.3 billion people depend on agriculture for a living. But excessive rainfalls cause problems like floods, landslide, water borne diseases and crop damage.