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Snowfall in Jammu & Kashmir, widespread rainfall over Tamil nadu

A Western disturbance persists over Iran & neighborhood area. It is likely to cause scattered to fairly widespread rain/snow over Jammu & Kashmir and isolated rain/snow over rest parts of western Himalayan region from 20th onwards. Postpone all field operations in vegetables till soil becomes workable. Maintain adequate drainage in the field and nursery. For apple, start procurement of seed/ nuts from current season crop and root stock seedlings from registered nurseries.

Under the influence of easterly wave, scattered to fairly widespread rainfall with isolated heavy falls is likely over Tamilnadu, Puducherry & Karaikal during next 3-4 days. In Tamil Nadu, undertake sowing of sunflower, minor millet, coriander. Undertake land preparation for sowing Bengal gram and coriander, after current spells of heavy rain.Heavy rainfall very likely at isolated places over Tamilnadu, Puducherry & Karaikal and isolated rainfall likely over Assam and West Bengal. Weather is likely to be dry over remaining part of India. In Gangetic West Bengal, in aman rice, where plants found standing just wait for drain out of excess water, if plants found lodged , make bunch by binding some plants to keep them stand and wait for maturity. Drain out excess water from betel vine and vegetable fields.

In East Uttar Pradesh, continue harvesting of rice crop. Continue timely sowing of wheat and mustard. undertake sowing of chickpea, Bengal gram, lentil and vegetable pea after seed treatment with Rhizobium, PSB and Trichoderma @ 6.0 gm/ Kg seeds.Farmers in Haryana are advised to sow early sown wheat varieties i.e. Unnat PBW 343, PBW 1 Zn, PBW 725, PBW 677, HD 3086, W H 1105, HD 2967, PBW 621.