Agriculture dept warns farmers to protect their crop from yellow rust

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Jan 23, 2015 00:06 IST

With districts situated in sub mountain areas including Ropar, Hoshiarpur and Gurdaspur having recently reported appearance of yellow rust disease in wheat crops, the agriculture department has issued a warning to protect their fields from yellow rust disease.

However, no such complaint of yellow rust has been received from Patiala and Sangrur districts yet.

Sangrur's chief agriculture officer Dr Rajinder Singh Sohi said that teams of agriculture officials have been constituted at block level to keep a close check on crop attack of any type. He added that they are especially wary of yellow rust as it directly affects the yield of the wheat crop.

"Field staff including a technical officer and agriculture officers have been directed to immediately inform in case of yellow rust attack. They have also been instructed to provide necessary treatment to affected wheat fields," Dr Sohi said, appealing farmers not to worry at this stage.

Dr Sohi added that problem of yellow rust has hardly been reported in Sangrur and its neighbourhood districts in the past few years.

He appealed farmers not to waste money for spraying of tilt in order to protect their crop from attack of yellow rust.

With the region engulfed in dense foggy conditions, especially during the morning and late evening hours, temperature based diseases like yellow rust have become a cause of worry within farmers fraternity.

Yellow rust is a fungal disease which causes leaves to become yellowish and powdery. It generally spreads through wind starting from sub mountain areas to lower areas.

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