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Farmers cautioned on late blight


Farmers cautioned on late blight

Ludhiana, November 28

Experts of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have cautioned farmers in the state against the attack of late blight in potato crop. “Late blight is a serious disease in potato crop in the state. Under favourable conditions, it spreads very fast and declines the yield drastically,” observed Dr Narinder Singh, Head, Department of Plant Pathology, PAU.

He said the prevailing weather conditions and relative humidity of more than 90 per cent were favorable for the attack of the disease. Keeping in view the rain and the rise in relative humidity in the current week, the risk of late blight appearance had increased, he added.

The potato varieties grown in the state do not have resistance to counter the attack of late blight. Therefore, potato growers in Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and Roopnagar were told to remain watchful and survey their fields regularly, he said. — TNS

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