Pink bollworm assault   in Mansa but once more

Pink bollworm assault in Mansa but once more

Tribune Information Service

Sameer Singh

Mansa, June 23

After inflicting substantial injury to the cotton crop final 12 months, pink bollworm infestation is starting to unfold its tentacles but once more.

Final week, Gurpreet Singh of Ramdittewala village had shared a video on social media displaying greater than 50 per cent injury to his cotton crop. Following which, a number of groups of the Agriculture Division had been rushed to the village to stop additional unfold of the pest assault. This week, one other farmer from Bhalaike village ploughed his cotton crop within the fields after noticing pink bollworm assault.

Surveys underway

We’re spreading consciousness amongst farmers relating to prevention of pest assault. Surveys are underway in villages the place pink bollworm assault is being reported. If it rains within the coming days, it should scale back the danger of pest assault. —Manjit Singh, Chief agricultural officer, Mansa

The pink bollworm infestation has been reported on a smaller scale in different villages of the district as nicely. Farmers feared that if preventive measures wouldn’t be taken in time by the authorities involved then it might unfold additional, thus inflicting injury on a big scale.

In the meantime, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has issued instructions to the Agriculture Division and the district administration to take preventive measures to deal with the the unfold of infestation.

Kuldeep Singh of Bhalaike village stated, “I had sown cotton crop on two acres. After observing that just a few vegetation have been attacked by pink bollworm, I ploughed them. Maintaining the crop for extra time would have meant substantial loss because the pest spreads fairly quickly. Now, I’ll sow one thing else. It has triggered extreme loss to me and the federal government should present compensation.”

Gurpreet stated, “I had sown cotton crop round April 20. Owing to scorching climate situations, the vegetation had been rising correctly, however once I noticed it intently, greater than half of my crop was underneath pink bollworm assault. I had shared a video on social media in order that different farmers and the administration get to know concerning the infestation and so they can take preventive steps.”

Farmers rued that the district administration has not learnt any classes from the final 12 months and required steps weren’t taken by the state authorities and the Agriculture Division to stop pink bollworm assault on the cotton crop.

Mansa Deputy Commissioner Jaspreet Singh stated, “The matter is in our information and groups of the Agriculture Division have been despatched to the village. The infestation was that of an early stage. We’re getting residual and broken cotton bolls from earlier season destroyed at Ramdittewala and surrounding 4 villages.”

“Farmers are being sensitised on the best way to forestall their crop from infestation. Pesticides can’t be used at this stage,” stated the DC.

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