Jalandhar, May 28- In order to sensitise the farmers, the Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department today organised a mock drill for dealing with Tiddi-Dal, in Kishangarh village situated on Jalandhar-Pathankot highway.
For the mock drill, the department formed various teams of the experts who made the farmers aware of harmful insect and their impact on the crop. The teams asked the farmers to be aware and inform to the district administration in case they saw the swarms.
The teams led by Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Surinder Singh told the farmers that this insect often flies in swarms and during favourable circumstances it can travel up to 80 to 200 km.
Dr Singh said that Punjab Government led by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh is supplying the needed insecticides like chlorpyrifos and lambda etc.
He further said that teams of different departments including horticulture, soil and water conservation and rural development along with agriculture have been set up in block levels for speedy action in the villages to control the insect.
Dr Sanjiv Kataria entomology expert from Punjab Agriculture University that the insect tends to sit on higher side ie trees etc during evening time and this period spray of pesticides should be carried out.
Dr Kataria said the female insect lays eggs in abundance beneath the soil and after egg hatch, the nymph eats the whole vegetation within hours. He said that for the time being there should not be any panic but awareness is needed.
Agriculture Officer Dr Arun Kohli said that efforts are being made to form the teams comprising NGO and youth clubs in the villages so that whenever we got the information regarding attack, instantly spray can be carried out.
On the occasion, Agriculture Officer Dr Naresh Gulati and others were also available.