The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, June 23
Chief minister Bhagwant Mann directed the agriculture department to take preventive measures for checking the spread of pink bollworm in the cotton belt of the state.
Incidents of pink bollworm have started surfacing from the cotton fields of Mansa and Bathinda districts. Pink bollworm is monophagous or feeds only on cotton plants. It affects a plant at the flowering stage. It is now resistant to first-generation transgenic Bt cotton (Bollgard cotton). Bollworm infestation can be easily identified with pheromone traps in fields that catch male insects.
The CM asked the department to station its teams in the cotton belt to ensure that the attack was checked at the initial stage. “The need of the hour is to ensure that pink bollworm attack doesn’t spread in the areas of cotton cultivation for which no stone would be left unturned,” he said.
The CM said the state department was duty-bound to ensure that no loss is incurred to the farmers for which the attack should be averted by all means. He asked the teams to visit the Malwa region and assess the magnanimity of the attack and take the necessary course of action.