Jajpur, Sept 16 (LocalWire): Large tracts of paddy plantations in Dubiri areas of Jajpur district have been infested by Stemborer (Kandabindha) insects that damaged the crops and the farmers are sore at the lack of response from the administration.
Several pleas have been made at the block development office have fallen to deaf ears, farmers complained.
‘Help from the administration is yet to reach the villagers, more than two weeks after the first swarm of insects arrived here to ruin this year’s paddy crops,’ said Babaji Nayak, a farmer from Duburi.
The district agriculture officials have also been paying only lip-service and have not provided any pesticide to the affected farmers.
Tuku Nayak, a farmer of Baragadia who cultivated paddy in his two acre land is now worried after his crops have been affected by the pests. ‘I was planning to harvest the paddy in November. But the pests have eaten major chunks of the saplings. I tried everything to control it but failed as the pests are eating rapidly, he said.
‘We are worried as we have never seen this kind of pests. The government should compensate the affected farmers. In addition to good crop management, timely and accurate diagnosis can significantly reduce losses, said Nilamani Jena, a farmer of Baragadia.
Jiten Kumar Panda, the village agricultural worker from Dubiri said, ‘Few acres of paddy crops in Duburi areas have been affected by Stemborer insects.
This is not an alarming situation at present.
To avoid further spread, farmers should keep frequent watch. The paddy cultivators can stop the spread by sprinkling prescribed pesticides.
We are organizing awareness camps in the villages and training farmers to use prescribed pesticides properly.
We are also providing 50 percent subsidized pesticides to the farmers.’