Berhampur, Oct 15 (LocalWire): Lingaraj Gouda of Polasara in Ganjam district hopes for bumper paddy this year due to the favorable monsoon but before harvesting the crop, he is worried about pests attacking his standing crop.
Like Lingaraj, several other farmers of Ganjam, one of the major paddy-producing districts in the state are haunted by the brown plant hopper which had attacked three years ago.
‘Different pests might spread in the district, if measures are not taken immediately,’ feared Simanchal Nahak, secretary, Rushikulya Rait Mahasabha, a farmers’ organization.
He said hundreds of acres of standing paddy crop have come under attack of different pests in the district.
This might affect the crop condition. The memories of the massive loss due to pest attack three years ago, is haunting us, he added.
Paddy is grown in around 2.08 lakh hectares in the district during the Kharif season.
Though the monsoon rain was delayed in the district, farmers cultivated paddy.
Due to the good shower, the condition of standing crop was good and hoped to yield bumper paddy this year, sources said.
But pest have threatened the standing crops and the government should take up measures to arrest its spreading to other areas, said zilla parishad member, Brundaban Khatei.
Officials, however, said the situation was not too alarming.
The standing crop in some places was under pest attack but in a scattered manner said the deputy director of agriculture Ganjam, Kasinth Khuntia.
He said the exact area coming under pest attack was yet to be assessed.
‘We have already asked the field officers to keep vigil on the situation and to educate farmers how to apply pesticides with proper doses to control pests,’ he said.
DDA said the pesticides were available in different blocks.
‘We have already launched an awareness drive to educate the people how to properly apply pesticides and to save the plants,’ added DDA.