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Pest attack destroys wheat crop in Samangan capital

Pest attack destroys wheat crop in Samangan capital

Apr 02, 2018 - 16:56

AIBAK (Pajhwok): Farmers in northwestern Samangan province complain thousands of acres of wheat and barley crops have been destroyed by a type of insect.

Growers grumble the insect attacked their crops 20 days ago but the Agricultureinfo-icon, Irrigation and Livestock Department has takenno steps to counter the assault.

Azad, a farmerfrom AkhtaKhana village of the provincial capital, told Pajhwok Afghan News he had cultivated a tonne of wheat but the bug had ruined one-third of his farms.

The insect has spoiled wheat and barley farms in the area, he said, adding the bug was locally called moar -- a small insect that attack wheat and barley as soon as the crops start growing.

Khal Mohammad, another grower from the Sharikyar village of Aibak, said he had sown 280 kilograms of wheat seeds but the insects destroyed them all.

The pesthad been damaging people’s crops over the past several years in Aibak but the agriculturedepartment had done nothing to deal with the threat.

Gulabuddin Ghayasi, plant protections manager at the agriculture department, confirmed farms had been damaged in many areas around the Samangan capital.

The affected localities included Taikhonak, Sharikyar, Manqutan, Dokoh, Tasma, Kandai, Saydara, Surcha and Rubatak.He said the insecthad destroyed more than 10,000 acres of crops.

The department requested the ministry concerned for dealing with the problem in the past, but it did not pay enough attention to the issue, Ghayasi said.

He added the ministry only telephoned them to prepare a list of pesticides and tell farmers to purchase them from the market. The department had distributed 30 litres of pesticides availableto farmers, he concluded.




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