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Monday, October 7, 2019

Plant hoppers attack standing paddy in Sangrur villages


Plant hoppers attack standing paddy in Sangrur villages

Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, October 6

Farmers of various villages witnessed the attack of white-backed plant hoppers (WBPH) on their fully grown paddy and sought help from the Agriculture Department. However, the authorities said the situation was not alarming.

“Agriculture Department officials said it usually happens, but it may damage the crop if action is not taken immediately to contain it’s spread,” said Gurmale Singh, a farmer from Majha village.

Some other farmers alleged that they were already under huge debt and the spread of another disease at a time when their paddy was fully grown would multiply their losses.

Farmers of the Lehra area alleged that they had sprayed pesticides recommended by Agriculture Department authorities, but still they were facing plant hoppers’ attack. They claimed that it was happening because the authorities concerned had failed to contain the sale of spurious pesticides.

“We have been receiving complaints from farmers of various villages in our area about the attack of plant hoppers on their standing paddy crop,” said Dharminder Pashore, Lehragaga block president, BKU, Ugrahan.

He alleged that if the pesticides used by farmers had been of high quality, the plant hoppers would not have attacked the crops after spray.

Sangrur Chief Agriculture Officer Jaswinderpal Singh Grewal confirmed that the matter was in his knowledge.

“The situation is under control and there is no reason to worry. Our teams are visiting villages and helping farmers to prevent the spread of the WBPH. We have also been taking action against shopkeepers involved in the sale of spurious pesticides,” he said.

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