Tensions increased among farmers: oil attack on rice crops, which quickly caused damage to the crop.

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Tensions increased among farmers: oil attack on rice crops, which quickly caused damage to the crop.

Farmers of Hamidpur village demonstrate the effect of oil on rice fields.

Farmers of Hamidpur village demonstrate the effect of oil on rice fields.

Ambala: This year, the farmers, who are called ‘sons of the soil’, are facing one disaster after another. Farmers in Mulana-Barara and Saha areas have already suffered heavy losses this time due to floods in Begana and Markanda rivers. Afterwards, unseasonal rains dashed the farmers’ wishes. Now the oil disease has hit the rice crop. Due to this, tension among farmers in the region has increased.

Greater impact of oil sickness is observed in Hamidpur. Here, hundreds of hectares of rice fields belonging to dozens of farmers have been attacked by an insect called oilseed. This problem is increasing rapidly. Farmers are making every possible effort to eliminate this problem. Farmers are also trying to find a solution to this rice harvest problem by talking to agriculture department officials. Former Hamidpur sarpanch and progressive farmer Sardar Jasbir Singh said farmers of his village were very worried about oil intrusion into paddy fields. The presence of oil in the rice plant is quite deadly for the rice plant. He says the rice crop, which has recently reached its peak and is starting to turn milky, is contaminated with a large amount of oil.

Oil attack on most crops

Farmer Jasbir Singh, a resident of Hamidpur village, said that the presence of oil was more visible in the paddy fields sown using the DSR method, which is most promoted by the agriculture department. This time he sowed rice on 48 hectares. There is an oil attack on 26 acres. Rice was sown on 18 hectares of the 26 hectares through DSR. The main reason for oil formation is stagnant water in the rice plant. More severe infestation of oilseeds is observed in the fields where the urea content in the rice plant is high. Also in 2018, there was an oil spill in the rice fields in his village. At that time, many crops were damaged. This insect, called Tela, sucks the sap of the rice plant and prevents the plant’s food from reaching the rice ears. After some time, this plant takes the form of dry stubble. The spread of oil spreads very quickly in the fields. If you’re not careful, the oilseed will devour the entire rice field within three to four days. To avoid this, pesticides are sprayed, but due to the lack of clear weather, it is difficult for farmers to spray the rice fields.

Spray a medicine to protect yourself from oil: Jasvindra

Agriculture Department DDA Jaswinder Singh said farmers should not panic and spray medicines to protect themselves from oil. Oil is created by standing water and adding more urea to the fields. Do not allow water to stagnate in the rice plant. For further information, farmers can contact the Ministry of Agriculture regarding this issue.

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