Farmers’ new crisis, attack of pink bollworm on cotton crops… What is the government doing?

Farmers’ woes are mounting in Maharashtra, one of the country’s cotton-producing states. Because the crop has been attacked by pink bollard. It is also called pink bollworm, which is an enemy of cotton cultivation. Scientists have started working on it.

Incidence of insects in cotton crop is increasing.

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It was assumed that the area under cotton cultivation would increase this year due to the record increase in rates. That too proved true. Farmers in the state have sown cotton on a large scale, but due to changing climate and rains, the crop is now being attacked by pink bollworm. Pink bollworm is an enemy of cotton crop. This will definitely affect cotton production. from many districts due to pest infestation Cotton crop Getting worse.

Pink bollworm not only threatens cotton but also other crops. It is also called pink bollworm. Because of this cotton cultivation has decreased. But due to good prices for two years, farmers’ fascination with it has increased. This year there is a possibility of cotton cultivation in a record 12.6 lakh hectares of land in the country. Out of which 102.8 lakh hectares have been sown till July 15.

Last year, cotton producing states like Maharashtra, Haryana and Rajasthan were attacked by pink bollworm. For two years, pink bollworm caused farmers to shift their focus to crops other than cotton. Low sowing has led to record high prices. But this record price has forced them to increase their cultivation area.

What is the government doing to control bulls?

Pest Management Scheme is being implemented through Central Cotton Research Institute to control caterpillar infestation. The organization is claimed to be successful in reducing pink bollworm infestation by 30 percent. For this reason, this project has been approved from this season. It will work in Chandrapur, Wardha, Yabatmal, Nanded, Parwani, Amravati, Nagpur, Jalgaon, Jalna and Akola districts.

What is the cotton area in Maharashtra?

Cotton has been sown in 40 lakh hectares of land in the state this season. But its crops are prone to pink bollworm infection. Now the production is expected to increase as the pest resistance management scheme is implemented by the Cotton Research Institute. The impact of last year’s record prices is now visible in the cotton sector.

Cotton is produced after soybeans. Maharashtra is the largest producer of cotton in the country. Cotton is the second most important crop of Maharashtra. Farmers mainly depend on its cultivation in Solapur, Jalgaon, Sangli and Satara districts. Pink bollworm attack on cotton crops has also been reported in Haryana.

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