Campaign to check disease in potato crop in Punjab

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Ludhiana, Nov 30 (UNI) For the past 2-3 years, cultivation of potato is being seriously affected by late blight, a fungal disease which is more prevalent in Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Nawanshahr, Ropar and Amritsar districts.

A campaign was started in this crop season to save the potato crop from this disease.

As part of this campaign, a field day on the management of late blight of potato was organized by Department of Plant Pathology and Directorate of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) at Bahowal village today.

Speaking on this occasion Dr H S Rewal, Head, Department of Plant Pathology informed that cold stores in these disease-prone districts were surveyed and farmers were advised to remove the infected seed tubers. They were also educated not to dump infected tubers near the cold stores and fields.

Field demonstrations on the farmers fields in different districts were held in the state of disseminate proper spray technology, he added.

Director of Extension Education, Dr N S Malhiappreciated the role played by the Department of Plant Pathology and scientists of KVK in disseminating technologies for managing this disease effectively. He laid emphasis to adopt integrated disease management strategies to minimize the losses.

The farmers and consultants of Sir Ratan Tata Project were also shown field demonstrations conducted in Rajpur Bhaian and Bajrour villages where potato crop has been raised from healthy seed and sprayed with protectant fungicide Indofil. The Sir Rattan Tata Trust is collaborating with PAU on a number of agri research projects in Punjab.

UNI

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