Punjab

Capt Amarinder to visit Mansa to assess White-Fly damage

August 11, 2017 11:19 AM

Punjab News Express
CHANDIGARH : Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh will visit Mansa on Friday to personally assess the situation arising out of the white-fly attack on cotton crops, amid reports that famers in the region were uprooting the crops following the pest attack.
The Chief Minister, who will be accompanied by senior officials, has already directed the Agriculture Department to offer all possible assistance to farmers, warning that no laxity in this regard would be tolerated, according to an official spokesperson.
Taking serious note of the reports of the white-fly attack, causing damage to the cotton crops, the Chief Minister has decided to visit the affected areas for a first-hand assessment of the extent of destruction and its impact on the farming community. He is expected to undertake a detailed survey of the affected farms, said the spokesperson.
The Chief Minister has, meanwhile directed the agriculture department and the police authorities to crack down on the sale of spurious pesticides, which had aggravated the situation since the farmers were unable to save the white-fly afflicted crops even after spraying pesticides. He has instructed the concerned officials to ensure supply of genuine pesticides to the farmers to help them arrest further spread of the white-fly, according to the spokesperson.
Captain Amarinder has further ordered the concerned departments to ensure the supply of quality seeds to the distressed farmers, who were struggling to keep their business alive, with many reeling under massive debts and resorting to extreme steps in desperation. He has suggested awareness camps to be organized to apprise the farmers of the ways and means of protecting their crops in the cotton belt.

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