12-03-2014 02:35 AM | India

Unseasonal rain wreaks havoc on horticulture crops

Unseasonal rain and hail has destroyed huge tracts of horticulture crops, standing rabi mustard and gram crops in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, ringing alarm bells in government circles here.

Central teams are being rushed to Maharashtra to assess the damage to banana, grape and pomegranate plantations before providing relief. Onion fields have been inundated and flowering mango orchards have been damaged. Teams are ready to be dispatched to Madhya Pradesh as well.

“Yes, heavy unseasonal rains and hail have hit crops in certain States in the last five to six days,” Union Agriculture Secretary Ashish Bahuguna confirmed to The Hindu.
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