Hailstones coupled with rain have damaged wheat crop, vegetables and fruit farms here Saturday. The Budhiganga, Badimalika municipality and other local-level units in the lower part of the district experienced hailstorm for more than an hour, leading to significant damage to crops, said the Agriculture Knowledge Centre, Bajura.
Near-harvest wheat, barley and vegetables were damaged. The extent of the damage is yet to be calculated, said information office of the Centre Min Prasad Jaisi.
The farmers have suffered a great loss as a result of the hailstorm, Triveni ward no. 3 chairman Min Bhandari confirmed.
Meanwhile, the centre has urged the concerned authority to provide relief support to the farmers who have suffered as a result of Saturday hailstorm, according to Acting Chief Govinda Sijapati.
The Budhiganga municipality is sending technical teams to every ward to assess the damage.