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Mass aerial spray of pesticide commences

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THOOTHUKUDI

Mass spraying of pesticides to protect corn from Fall Armyworm attack using drones in the district has commenced, Collector Sandeep Nanduri has said.

Speaking to reporters here on Monday, Mr. Sandeep said the Department of Agriculture, having witnessed the devastating attack of Fall Armyworm in corn last year, had proposed nine integrated techniques for saving the crop from pest, including mass aerial spray of pesticides using drones.

As corn had been cultivated on 15,000 hectares in the district this year, the new technique had been introduced to save the farmers. On an average, 1,000 hectares was being covered a day.

Of the 637 irrigation tanks in the district, 70 had reached the maximum storage level while 70 tanks had 75% water and 129 waterbodies had 51% to 75% water after the monsoon commenced.

A total of 226 tanks had 50% water. Since the monsoon had commenced on a hopeful note, all the tanks would reach the maximum storage level during this monsoon, the Collector hoped.

On the damage caused by the monsoon, Mr. Sandeep said 219 houses – 31 fully and 188 partly – had suffered damage in the recent rains that had also damaged two fibreglass boats in Keezha Vaipaar.

On the urea scarcity, the Collector said the 1,900 tonnes of urea to reach the district within four days would solve the crisis.

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