Sights of flattened wheat fields were common across Bathinda, Mansa, Barnala and Fazilka districts. Inclement weather delayed harvesting as rain increased moisture content.
As the meteorological department has predicted more rain in the next two days, farmers are worried about more damage to the crop which is ready for harvesting. Farmers have demanded compensation for the damage.
Punjab Kisan Union leader Gora Singh Bhainibagha said confirmed damage to the crop in Malwa. Farmer Harnek Singh of Sivian village in Bathinda said the crop was being harvested at some places when the weather changed. “Farmers have been hoping for a bumper crop, but rains could dash their hopes,” he said.
An agriculture department official said not much damage had been caused to the crop, but more rain could lead to losses for farmers.
Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has asked the Captain Amarinder Singh government to compensate aggrieved farmers for the damage caused to the crop by untimely rain.