Fazilka: A Central team, led by Plant Protection Adviser, visited Fazikla, on Friday to inspect cotton crop which has been attacked by whitefly pest.
The five-member team by visited several villages including Sardarpura, Gumjaal, Panni wala and several other villages that have come under the grip of whitefly pest attack.
The team comprise Plant Protection Advisor S N Sushil, Assistant Plant Protection Advisor BS Phogat (under the Directorate of Plant Protection, Quarantine & Storage) and one representative each of the Central Integrated Pest Management Centre, Jalandhar, Punjab Agricultural University and Punjab Agriculture department.
“The team will prepare a report of Fazilka, Mansa and Bathinda within three days which will be submitted to the Central government for further action”, says SN Sushil.
While explaining the situation of the area, Sushil said that due to shortage of river water and lack of horticulture, the cotton crop was attacked by the white fly. He added that the cotton crop was cultivated in 36,000 hectares of land, whereas 4400 hectares were affected from whitefly pest.
On the other side, local farmers alleged that this was not the first team visited to verify the whitefly attack, but every visit remains affectless. Bhupinder Singh, a farmer said that earlier the teams from centre government gave them the medicines to spread and ensured to end the whitefly attack, but the insecticides did not meet their expectations.
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