Charanjit Singh, a farmer from Mohali district in Punjab, won't be able to keep a promise he has made to his daughter.
Her wedding is a few days away but he has not been able to buy her bridal gifts due to a delay in wheat harvest.
Thousands of farmers across Punjab were hoping to get big money post-harvest and planning to spend it on daughters' wedding if not for buying white goods and cars.
But unseasonal rains and hailstorms in April have washed out their plans by delaying wheat, mustard and chana harvest across northwestern plains.
"We could not postpone the wedding. We have told the groom's family that we may delay the gifts.
We had bought gold earlier and we will even try to buy a premium car for the groom with the help from our family and friends," said Singh, who owns 12 acre of land in village Shahipur in Landra tehsil.
"The erratic rains will have an adverse impact on the quality and yield of wheat. This will further hamper the investment capability of farmers for social commitments.
The dependence on commission agents will increase. Good crop returns ensure the smooth running of a farmer's household before the next crop is harvested," said National Centre for Agricultural Economics and Policy Research's principal scientist Pratap Singh Birthal.
"More than 75% crop is still on fields and farmers are disturbed due to weather vagaries. Yields are very good this year but wheat is not being purchased due to high moisture content.
Advance payments made to farmers have increased with the ongoing wedding season, strengthening our relationship," said Khanna mandi trader Raj Sood.
ICAR's Directorate of Wheat and Food Corporation of India (FCI) have confirmed that availability and procurement are lagging last year because the crop is moist and unsuitable for threshing.
"Wheat harvesting has been delayed in northwestern plains of Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, parts of Terai region in Uttarakhand and Rajasthan where there has been rainfall.
If the crop is not properly covered, there might be post-harvest losses," said Karnal's Directorate of Wheat Research head Dr Indu Sharma.
Wheat procurement in the rabi marketing season 2012-13 by FCI has reached 102.54 lakh tonne till April 22.
Unlike the previous year, procurement from Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan has been more when compared with buying from Haryana and Punjab.
"The season has been delayed and arrivals are now picking up.
In Punjab, we have procured 26.21 lakh tonne wheat till date compared to 30.50 lakh tonne in the corresponding period last year," said FCI deputy GM, Punjab region, Aseem Chabbra.
Source: Argentine Beef Packers S.A.