The combine harvesters used in Punjab are in much demand by wheat farmers of the Jammu region and have made the manual harvesting a thing of the past.

Besides the less cost involved in harvesting and thrashing of the wheat crop with a combine harvester, the scarcity of farm labourers and the easy availability of these modern farming equipment are the main factors behind this sudden change in th

Water table in 9,058 sq km drops by over 20 metres
The desertification of central Punjab is feared if its falling water table is any indication.

Lehra Gaga (Sangrur): With mercury continuing to rise every passing day, residents of Lehra Gaga in Sangrur district are grappling with water shortage.Locals say not only are they face water shortage every 2-3 months, especially during summer, but even when the water is supplied, it is laden with high fluoride content resulting in fluorosis.

An irrigation round in the last week of March could have saved the wheat crop from wilting. But around mid-March, when day and night time temperatures spiked, the state had no power to irrigate the fields and there was no water in canals either. As a result, experts do not think wheat production will cross the 98 lakh tonne-mark this year. Last year, production was 111 lakh tonnes.

Asserting that Canada has vast reserves of uranium with two third of oil reserves, Barnala-born Canadian MP Devinder Shory has claimed that Canadian Prime Minister has inked supply of adequate quantity of uranium for its use in promoting technology in India for civil purpose.

Fatehgarh Channa (Sangrur): Global warming cannot be fought by holding international summits in Copenhagen alone, but also by public participation at the grassroots level, feel students of Satya Bharti School here as they have joined hands with the village elders in making their village a role model for others to emulate.

Punjab may be the breadbasket of the country, but not only are its traditional wheat-growing areas producing less, overall productivity in the state has stagnated and is even on the decline.

Owing to a 100-foot-wide breach in the Ghaggar river, which occurred last night near Makror Sahib village (near Moonak), water entered standing crops on about 2,000 acres in several villages, including Moonak, Fulad, Salemgarh, Bhunder Bhaini and Surjan Bhaini, while crops on about 1,000 acres have been almost submerged.

Sangrur : Due to heavy flow of water in the Ghaggar, a 15-ft wide breach occurred at Moonak, about 60 km from here, today.

The water entered standing crops of paddy and fodder in the nearby area.

However, with the help of farmers, the breach was plugged by the administration with sand bags.

The Moonak belt should be declared drought-hit by the Punjab government as farmers of the area have been facing a drought- like situation due to deficient monsoon. Besides, the farmers are under heavy debt and this belt has a high incidence of suicides.