50 % subsidy given on Whitefly Pesticides says DC Bathinda

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NewZNew (Bathinda) : Keeping in view the damaged to cotton crop due to whitefly pest attack, the Punjab government has motivated progressive farmers to coordinate with the farmers and agriculture department providing important information on the issue.

In a press statement issued here today the Deputy Commissioner Bathinda Dr Basant Garg stated that to create awareness and disseminate information on white fly, the agriculture department has asked one progressive farmer to work in each of the two villages to carry out this work by providing information and coordinating between the farmers and agriculture department.

He added that already the Chief Minister Punjab has ordered special girdawari of the areas affected due to attack of whitefly pest. Following the orders of Chief Minister Punjab, the revenue department has immediately asked to conduct survey and submit reports. For this, teams have been constituted at the sub-division level, which will contact the farmers, assess damage incurred due to the whitefly and prepare detailed reports.

Regarding this the SDM, tehsildars and naib-tehsildars have been asked to especially monitor the ongoing girdawari process so that the procedure is completed soon and reports are sent on time. Thereafter the farmers will be given adequate compensation for their losses.

The Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Rakesh Kumar Singla said that total 1.45 lacs hectares of area in district Bathinda was under cotton cultivation. Hence the Punjab government had given cotton farmers 30000 liters of Oberon and 6000 kg of Ectara named pesticides earlier at 50 percent subsidy.

The agriculture department was also holding village level awareness camps. Many villages level camps have been held at the affected villages and besides this the farmers are being educated about technical know-how in managing cotton crop. He said that out of fear of the pest attack the farmers should not approach dealers for technical know-how, but should be in touch with the agriculture officers.