There is no estimate as yet of crop damage. But the Union agriculture ministry may now consider using remote sensing to assess crop damage, as recent weekly crop weather watch found that the process of establishing damage at local levels is way too slow and cumbersome.
The reason: guidelines on how to go about collecting data that are said to be 85 pages long, without the annexures. But the “comfort level” due to the latest spell has improved overnight even though the Union agriculture secretary has publicly voiced unhappiness over the fact that Punjab has defied advice and sown even more water-intensive paddy than last year.
Meanwhile good news continues to pour. It’s been raining heavily in Gujarat, Maharashtra and west MP. For a change, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Rajasthan got a good dose of rain as well.