Winter crops getting dry for lack of snowfall in Jumla

Published On: January 20, 2018 12:20 PM NPT

JUMLA, Jan 20: Extremely dry weather coupled with extremely low temperature is raising concern about the winter wheat crops in the hilly districts including Jumla. 

The wheat crop is getting dry due to lack of moisture. Farmers are found worried as their hope to get good harvest is almost impossible due to adverse weather for the crops, said Ratnasara Kami of Tila Rural Municiplity-2. The possible famine will certainly begin painful days, she added. The weather and the rainfall cheated us as there is no alternate irrigation except monsoon, she complained. 

The thick fog has covered the farmland causing crops to dry, locals said. The situation will further be adverse to apple production in the district, said SP Chaurasiya, Meteorology Field Office chief. He further said that the adverse climate not only affected the winter crops but also to the people. 

The information officer of district agriculture development office (DADO) Balakram Devkota shared that it was the first record of not witnessing the snowfall at the end of the January in the district. 

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