Ill-timed Rain Damages Crops in 1.8cr Hectares Across 13 Statesby The Daily Eye Team March 27 2015, 2:27 pm Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 38 secs
Recent rains and hailstorm in different parts of the country had damaged Rabi crops in about 181 lakh hectares of land across 13 states during February 28-March 16 with UP and Rajasthan facing the brunt. The affected cultivable land is huge if one looks at the total cultivable area (600 lakh hectare) in the current Rabi season. The wheat crop faced the maximum damage due to unseasonal rains. The extent of the loss of rabi crop was communicated to the finance minister Arun Jaitley by the agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh in a meeting on Tuesday. Officials in the agriculture ministry said that the loss to wheat crop was estimated in about 120 lakh hectares with maximum impact reported in Uttar Pradesh (75 lakh hectares) and Rajasthan (17 lakh hectares).