Farm scientists have advised farmers to tackle the millipede pest attack on soya crop.

The pest attack has been noticed in some taluks.

The millipede takes shelter in cool, wet places in the field and when curled up is the size of a Re. 1 coin. The millipede feeds on new sprouts and can cause serious damage to the crop. It can be tackled by throwing out all waste material that can hold water or cause dampness.

Pests should be picked up early in the morning and burnt in a heap.

Hens should be allowed to roam around in the field so that they feed on these pests, said a release from the Krishi Vigyan Kendra.