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Fungal diseases attack paddy crop in Karnal

Karnal :
Several diseases, including sheath blight, leaf folder, brown plant hopper, foot rot, sheath rot have attacked paddy crop in various parts of the district.

The diseases have mostly attacked1509 and PR-14 varieties of paddy.

“I have cultivated 1509 variety of paddy on 5 acres. The crop has been affected by sheath blight and leaf folder diseases,” said Malak Singh, a resident of Pabana Hasanpur village. Dharamvir Satija, another farmer from Chundipur village, said that sheath blight, leaf folder and brown plant hopper had attacked 1509, PR-14 and other varieties in most of his fields, It would reduce the production up to 40 per cent, he said.

“I have to spray pesticides twice or thrice to overcome the problem of these diseases,” said Jitender Kumar, a farmer from Nigdhu.

 “High temperature and high humidity are conductive for the diseases. Water stagnation due to unprecedented rain has also resulted in these diseases,” said Dr Shashipal, assistant plant protection officer, Agriculture Department.

He said that these fungal diseases could cause loss if not treated. He urged the farmers not to let the water stagnate in their fields.

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