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Punjab: Rain in cotton belt brings relief from whitefly attack

Director of agriculture department Gurvinder Singh said, “There was a whitefly attack because of the hot and dry weather. Rainfall has come as a relief and has lessened the attack."

cotton crop, white fly insect, white fly pest, punjab farming, punjab newsA cotton field in Abohar soaked in rain. (Express Photo)

Rainfall on Friday came as a relief for farmers as well as the agriculture department as rain will now help lessen the whitefly attack on the crops.

Punjab on Friday received 21.6 mm rainfall and the rain belt districts of Fazilka, Bathinda, Muktsar and Mansa received 38.5 mm, 19.3mm, 80.8 mm and 8.6 mm rainfall respectively. Faridkot, which grows very little cotton, received 99.6mm rainfall.

Director of agriculture department Gurvinder Singh said, “There was a whitefly attack because of the hot and dry weather. Rainfall has come as a relief and has lessened the attack. Owing to the rain, adult flies are unable to fly and will eventually die.”

Singh added that not more than 50 acres have been ploughed so far and that too by those farmers who had started a nursery of cotton seedlings. They had ploughed due to excessive attack of whitefly. “Random sampling of pesticides and fertilisers was also being done and so far nine samples were taken from Bathinda,” he said.

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First published on: 16-07-2022 at 08:20 IST
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