Kendrapara, Oct 4 (LocalWire): Farmers in the coastal district of Kendrapara are being harried by the swarming stem borer (kanda bindha) pests attacking the kharif paddy crops in different parts of the district.
The problem is severe in Garadapur, Rajnagar, Mahakalapada, Pattamundai, Rajkanika, Aul, Derabishi and Rajnagar areas, said Gayadhar Dhal a farmers’ leader and the secretary of the district unit of Krusaka Sabha.
Many farmers are unhappy at the lack of response from the administration.
Several pleas have been made at the Village Agricultural Workers (VAWs) and other agricultural officers but no official has turned up till date, the farmers complained.
“The paddy growers can stop the spread of the pest attack by sprinkling prescribed pesticides. Stem borers can destroy rice at any stage of the plant from seedling to maturity.
The stem borer larvae bore at the base of the plants during the vegetative stage.
On older plants, they bore through the upper nodes and feed toward the base. The stem borer is a pest of deepwater rice.
It is found in aquatic environments where there is continuous flooding,” said Bikash Chandra Jena the Village Agricultural Worker (VAW) of Garadpur block.
The pest problem is not in an alarming situation in the district at present.
It has not crossed the economic threshold limit.
We are organizing awareness camps in the villages and training farmers to use the prescribed pesticides properly.
We are also providing pesticides subsidized up to 50 percent to the farmers. Farmers of the district have raised paddy over 1,17, 554 hectares of agricultural land, out of 1,42,165 hectares have been cultivated in this Kharif season, Ashok Mahasuar, the Chief District Agriculture Officer (CDAO).