Whitefly: Haryana cotton growers worry losses

Deepender Deswal
Tribune News Service
Hisar, September 4

Cotton growers in Haryana worry heavy losses. The whitefly and different illnesses have hit the crop cultivated over a file 7,38,000 hectares this kharif season. The farmers desire a particular girdawari to evaluate the losses.

The crop in 4 districts — Hisar, Sirsa, Fatehabad and Bhiwani — has been infested with the whitefly apart from parawilt and leaf curl. Uneven rainfall additionally brought on a lot harm. While in some areas waterlogging ruined the crop, dry spells in different elements led to withering of crops, mentioned Agriculture Department officers.

They mentioned the whitefly had brought on intensive harm in Hisar, Fatehabad, Sirsa and Bhiwani districts. Sources claimed the losses incurred might be the best since 2015 when the whitefly had destroyed nearly 70 per cent of the crop. The farmers have been then given Rs 967 crore as compensation. “The department will recommend a special girdawari to the state government,” mentioned a senior official. A former Director of the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI), Dr Dilip Monga, mentioned that lack of know-how amongst farmers concerning crop administration was additionally accountable for the harm.

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