Wednesday 13, 2021 | PNS | New Tehri
The damage to the pea crop in Saklana and Mussoorie-Dhanaulti fruit belt due to considerable rainfall in the month of September has affected the farmers adversely resulting in widespread financial losses. The month of September is generally considered as a period heralding the departure of monsoon and fewer rains is experienced in this month but not this year.
The meteorological department had to issue heavy rain alerts several times in September. According to the meteorological department of the Uttarakhand University of Horticulture and Forestry (UUHF) at Ranichauri, 213.9 mm rainfall was recorded in the month of September this year. About 18.6 mm rainfall was received during the month in 2020, 139.1 mm in 2019 and 132.8 mm in 2018. The pea crop of many farmers in Chamba-Mussoorie fruit belt, Sakalana area has been damaged due to excessive moisture in the soil resulting in the fungal infection to the crop damaging it completely, said local farmers Shiv Singh Tadial and Bhupendra Singh.
The month of September recorded more than average rainfall as the monsoon remained active. Heavy rains have affected the pea crop due to moisture in the soil, said technical officer of UUHF Ranichauri meteorological department Prakash Negi.