Government assures, there is no evidence of heat stress on wheat crop in major growing states

The Government has said that the condition of wheat crop in the major growing states is normal and there is no heat stress on the crop as of now.

The observations came during the meeting of a Committee constituted by the Department of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare (DA&FW) to monitor the situation of Wheat crop.

The meeting was held recently at ICAR- Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research, Karnal. The Committee assessed that 75 percent area is under early and timely sowing conditions in Haryana and Punjab will not be affected by heat conditions in the month of March.

The committee also observed that stress-tolerant varieties were developed by the efforts of ICAR and SAUs the heat stress would be very less.

Experts from IMD, ICAR, State Agricultural Universities (SAUs), major wheat-growing states and senior state government officials were attended the meeting along with the officials from DA&FW.

During the meeting, the condition of wheat crop was presented and discussed in detail by the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, which account for more than 85 percent of wheat acreage.

It was also decided that all extension agencies from Central and State Governments along with ICAR/SAUs should visit the farmers’ fields regularly and provide timely advisories to them wherever heat stress conditions occur.

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