Chandigarh, Dec 3 (UNI) The Haryana Agriculture Department today started a state-wide campaign to save Rabi crops from the rats in the current financial year.
An official spokesman said the campaign would be carried out from December 3 to 20 and sufficient stocks of rodenticide had already been made available to all the Assistant Plant Protection Officers of the state.
He said the baiting material which would include grains of bajra, wheat, maize, sarson oil and gur would be collected from the villagers and the required Zinc Phosphide would also be provided free of cost to them by the department and the official departments would prepare the bait.
He said the main purpose of launching this campaign was not to distribute Zinc Phosphide but to control and eradicate the rat menace in the state.
The Sarpanchs of the villages, Gram Sachivs and Panchs would be involved in the programme and they had been specially trained for this campaign. All necessary precautions would be taken to avoid any accidental death, he added.