Bhaskar News | Last Modified - Jan 09, 2012, 01:08 AM IST
Jodhpur: Farmers are the worst sufferes in one of the coldest winters on record. Standing rabi crop and green vegetables worth lakhs have perished in the ongoing cold wave conditions in Rajasthan, reports said.
Rabi crops, including mustard and its varieties, and leafy vegetables in several hectares of cultivable land wilted in the spine-chilling cold.
On an average, about 50 per cent crops got ruined in Osiyan, Balesar and Falaudi tehsils, the report said.
The statistics showed that the castor crop was the worst hit, with 50 per cent damage reported from parts of the state, followed by sunflower 25 per cent and cumin and chilly 25 per cent each.
The government would send a team of experts to affected villages today to access the total loss.
Meanwhile, there is still no respite from the shivering cold conditions in the state. Recently, Churu recorded the lowest temperature after the mercury moved below freezing point at -1.4 degrees Celsius. Snowfall and further decrease in temperature in Himachal predesh had also brought temperature further down. People in the hill resort of Mount Abu had experienced biting chill, with the mercury dipping to freezing point. Icy crest had been observed on the upper layer of Nakki lake in Mount Abu and atop vehicles parked in the open