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Ramnad farmers warned of blast disease

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The Agriculture Department has warned farmers of blast disease affecting paddy crops, particularly BPT 5204 variety, which was susceptible to the dreaded disease under the existing chill climatic conditions and advised them to take immediate control measures to save their crops.

An official release here said that the impact of the disease was widely seen in Thiruvadanai and RS Mangalam areas where farmers have raised BPT 5204 variety and it would affect the yield by 60 to 80 per cent if the farmers failed to launch control measures.

After intermittent rains in the district on November 15 and 16, a chill climate prevailed owing to overcast skies, which was conducive for the disease to attack the crops. Paddy crops had been raised on about 1.17 lakh hectares in the district and the crops were in the growing stage.

Stating that the blast disease could affect the crops at any stage, the department advised the farmers to avoid excess use of urea and other nitrogenous fertilizers. At flowering stage, the disease would damage the grains. The farmers could spray fungicides such as Carbendazim 50 to control the disease, the release said.

Not much rains

Meanwhile, farmers in the district looked up to skies for more rains as the north east monsoon has not been active after it set in on October 28. The district has been witnessing intermittent rains and the average rainfall is still normal or below normal, official sources said.

None of the tanks and farm ponds received sufficient water so far.

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