Punjab & Region

Wasteful spray on paddy leads to increase in pest population: Experts

The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, October 11

A survey carried out by two Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) experts in paddy growing areas of the state has found wasteful use of pesticides, fungicides and insecticides on the mature paddy crop. The experts opined that the wasteful use of substandard pesticides was increasing the population of insects.

They observed that the injudicious spray of insecticides was also prevalent in the area where basmati crops were grown. During the survey, it was found that in a majority of the cases, substandard and needless pesticides were sold by insecticide dealers from whom farmers purchase insecticide on credit or borrow money.

The experts said farmers were incurring an extra cost of ₹900 per acre for spray on the crop which was both harmful for the soil and the environment. Besides, it is also leading to an increase in the population of unwanted insects.

Dr Amarjit Singh, plant pathologist, and Dr Kamaljit Singh Suri, entomologists from the PAU, said during the survey it was found that a few pesticide dealers were also spreading fear among farmers that their standing crop would suffer pest attack due to the late monsoon season.

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