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Maharashtra Farmers Should Take the Following Precautions During Thunderstorms and Lightning

A pucca house is the safest place to avoid lightning. Farmers should plant trees as low as possible around their houses and livestock sheds. Below are more such advisories suggested to farmers in such scenarios.

Dr Poonam Batra
Farmer Alert! Maharashtra Farmers Should Take the Following Precautions During Thunderstorms and Lightning
Farmer Alert! Maharashtra Farmers Should Take the Following Precautions During Thunderstorms and Lightning

Maharashtra farmers can take precautions as there is a thunderstorm with lightning till 28th May 2022 as per the weather forecast. Also, plan your field activities with alertness during these coming days. For the next updated advisory keep visiting the Krishi Jagran website.

As per the weather forecast, farmers should take care of thunder and lightning in the sky and if working in the field, take shelter immediately near the field. After taking shelter in a safe place in the field, keep dry wood, plastic, gonapath, and dry mulch under the feet. Sit with both feet together and both hands on your knees. Make sure that no part of your body touches the ground except your feet. Individuals working in ponds, such as places where there is moisture in the soil or water sources, should go to a safe and dry place immediately. If there are tall trees nearby, take shelter at a distance twice the height of that tree.

A pucca house is the safest place to avoid lightning. Farmers should plant trees as low as possible around their houses and livestock sheds. Moist, swampy places and water sources (wells, lakes, rivers, farm ponds, etc.) should be avoided as much as possible.

If traveling in a four-wheeler, stop in the vehicle. Farmers should take care that they do not have any metal tools. When working in the field, do not let more people work together at the same time. Care should be taken to keep a distance of at least 15-20 feet between two persons. Do not use an umbrella with a metal rod. Stay away from other electric tools made by farmers as well as metal ones.

Considering the gusty winds at isolated places, it is advised to support the fruit orchards and vegetables with bamboo sticks.

Considering the medium-range forecast for Nagpur district and extended-range forecast of Vidarbha subdivision it is advised to carry out the harvesting and threshing of matured summer soybean, groundnut, paddy, and other crops keeping given local weather.

Don’t allow your animals to congregate under trees. Watch your animals closely and try to keep them under your direct control.

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