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Bathinda farmers worried as pink bollworm attacks cotton crop

Bathinda, July 11

Pink bollworm assault on cotton crop has been reported in some areas in Bathinda district. Farmers are claiming harm on the cotton sown earlier.

The pink bollworm assault has been reported in Talwandi Sabo, Sangat and Rama blocks together with few villages adjoining Bathinda metropolis.

After studying concerning the assault, the farmers are fairly nervous concerning the security of their crops. They alleged they knowledgeable Agricultural Division officers concerning the assault however they didn’t take note of their grievance. Later, they introduced the matter to the discover of Punjab Agriculture College (PAU) officers, after which a staff of 5 consultants visited the affected villages within the district on Tuesday.

Farmer Balwant Singh of Gurusar Sainiwala village mentioned pink bollworm had began destroying cotton crops in Mehta, Jassi Baghwali, Rama Mandi, Sangat and Talwandi Sabo blocks within the district. He mentioned as massive numbers of farmers have been busy in paddy cultivation, many have been nonetheless unaware concerning the assault. PAU agriculture skilled Dr Pathania mentioned the realm below assault was fairly much less. It had been discovered the assault had been reported within the fields the place farmers didn’t take precautions like destroying crop residue.

Dr Bahadur Singh, Chief Agriculture Officer, Bathinda, mentioned, “We’re conducting a survey. We now have instructed farmers to start out spraying pesticides to forestall additional unfold of pink bollworm within the area.” — TPR

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