Farmers alert! UPA issues heatwave warning for livestock and field crops
Given the heat load, animals and pets also require special attention. Keep animals indoors with plenty of water and a nutritious diet to avoid heat stress and dehydration.
Punjab Agricultural University (PSU), Ludhiana, issued an advisory to warn farmers in the state of the negative impacts of excessively high temperatures resulting in heatwave conditions on field crops and livestock, as the state continues to experience maximum temperatures above the normal for June.
UPA Director of Extension Education Dr. Ashok Kumar warned of heat stress and increased water consumption. Sunburn can damage or even kill newly sprouted plants, according to the advisory. The paddy seedbed and the tender leaves of a newly germinated cotton crop could be damaged. It can also adversely affect the development and flowering of vegetable crops, as well as the drop of “moong” flowers.
Therefore, regular crop monitoring is necessary to prevent heat and water stress. Crops should be irrigated as needed from time to time. Hot weather is also detrimental to fruit crops, so adequate protection is necessary. To reduce yield loss in orchards, especially mangoes, lychees, pears and citrus fruits, proper humidity should be maintained through irrigation. Straw mulch can also help small and delicate plants cope with the heat.
In the light of heat, animals and pets also need attention. Keep animals indoors with plenty of water and a nutritious diet to avoid heat stress and dehydration. Shower animals occasionally to help them maintain body temperature and avoid heat stress. Coolers and fans can also be provided for animals, especially cows of exotic breeds.
About Punjab Agricultural University (PAU)
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is a government-funded agricultural university in Ludhiana district of Punjab. In India, it is a state agricultural university. After Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, and Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneshwar, it is the third oldest agricultural university in the country, having been founded in 1962. On July 8, 1963, it was solemnly inaugurated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, then Indian Prime Minister.
In the 1960s, PAU was a leader in the green revolution in India. It was branched off in 2005 when the Guru Angad Dev University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (GADVASU) was established.
First published: June 11, 2022, 01:04 IST
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