Heat, hardship and Punjab’s bitter harvest9 min read . Updated: 24 May 2022, 01:24 AM IST
- Wheat farmers in the state struggle as extreme weather leads to falling yields, and desperate measures
- Agriculture will become more uncertain in the future. Experts suggest re-doing farming plans, cropping patterns and investing in research to create stress-tolerant crop varieties.
PUNJAB/NEW DELHI : April in north India is a season of approaching bounty – the wheat crop ripens under a spring breeze, and the fields turn many shades of gold. But this year, a sudden spike in temperatures left the crop shrivelled. Wheat was harvested from the fields 15 days ahead of schedule, to save whatever was left from the swirls of hot, steaming air. For several farmers such as Ramandeep Singh, whatever they could salvage was not enough.
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