Devastating downpours in parts of Pakistan have hit standing crops and plant nurseries hard. According to reports coming in from different parts of Sindh province, including Sanghar, Matiari, Tando Allahyar, Tando Muhammad Khan, Hyderabad, Jamshoro, Dadu, Thatta, Sujawal, Badin, Mirpurkhas, Umarkot, and Tharparkar districts, heavy rains have flooded the fields.
Nurseries of onion, tomato, and late variety of chilli, ready to be planted, have also come under rainwater, causing uncertainty among growers.
The farmers had already prepared their pieces of land for plantation of above mentioned vegetables, but the record showers disrupted their plans.
One grower from the Keti Bunder coastal area said the rain had been pouring since the last 24 hours, causing damages to standing crops of Paan (Betel leaves), tomato, banana, cucumber, and chilli. “Artificial drains made for saline water are not taking flood water. In some places these drains are seen overflowing, further threatening crops.”