ISLAMABAD: Rains continuing since mid-March have adversely affected wheat crop in the country, particularly in upper Punjab, making it difficult to meet the target set by the government for the current year. The unusual rains have either fully destroyed the crop or affected grains in terms of quality and weight. The stagnant rain water in fields has affected wheat yield considerably, according to agri experts. Wheat farmers have demanded a special package from the government to recover the losses caused by rains. Secretary Kissan Bachao Tehreek Ahmed Noor said the rains had affected wheat in upper Punjab, including Sargodha, Lahore and Gujranwala divisions. He said farmers would suffer financially due to climate change as they would not be able to get the potential output.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 21st, 2015.