PUNJAB AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
ADVISORY FOR PROTECTION AGAINST FROST OCCURRENCE
LUDHIANA, JANUARY 11:
As per the prediction provided by the School of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), there are chances of frost occurrence in the state upto January 13. In view of the forecast, Dr K.K. Gill, Assistant Agrometeorologist, PAU has advised the farmers to provide light irrigation to sensitive crops like potato, sugarcane, peas, sarson, berseem and napier bajra. The orchards of mango, litchi, papaya and banana should be protected by providing light irrigation and smoking during night, she said. Dr Gill also advised to provide shelter to the young fruit plants by making kullies with paddy straw, sarkanda and plastic sheets by keeping the south-west direction open for sunlight. The vegetable crops like chilli, capsicum and cucumber should be protected by providing light irrigation, she said. In addition, the farmers who have transplanted the capsicum, cucumber and chilli in the field should cover the crop under low plastic tunnels, she told.
Apart from field crops, low temperature also adversely affects the dairy animals and poultry, she observed. The animal sheds should be kept closed from all sides and the floor should be kept dry, she added. Protein rich feed should be given to the animals during noon hours, she said, while asking to maintain the temperature in the poultry shed by using brooders, especially, for young chicks.