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Late blight damages potato fields in Joypurhat

Published : Sunday, 28 January, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 110

JOYPURHART, 27: Potato growers in the district are apprehending production will decrease due to late blight disease.

Due to excessive cold, the late blight disease has appeared at a large scale in potato fields in the district. Growers are spraying insecticide after each four days. But despite repeated insecticide spraying, the affected potato fields are not working cured.

The late blight has appeared in all species of potato fields.

Potato fields came under the late blight attack within two months. Affected plants are dying.

According to sources at the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE)-Joypurhat, this year potato has been cultivated on 38,950 hectares (ha) of land in the district. Of this, 7,500 ha of land have been brought under advance potato cultivation.

In the last season, growers got higher profits from potato. This year they have cultivated rich species of potato at higher cost expecting to get increased production. They counted increased cost of fertiliser, irrigation and insecticide.

Compared to last year, they counted extra cost of Tk 5,000-7,000 per bigha.

At present, growers are lifting immature potatoes and selling to lift some costs.

A recent visit found late blight affected potato fields in different areas including Baniapara and Ghonapara in Sadar Upazila; Bhabki, Harunja and Khunjiapara in Kalai Upazila; and Bhalisha, Telabdul, Mamudpur and Talshon in Khetlal Upazila.

A grower of Baniapara Village Khorshed Alam said, his 4.5 bigha of BRACs Esteric potato field is dying. He sprayed anti-toadstool for three times in the field. But the field is not curing fully.  Now he is nurturing his field every day.

Grower Jahangir Alam of Ghonapara Village said, "I expected to get production of four maunds per decimal from my field. But potato production will decrease due to late blight."

Grower Jamir Uddinj of Talshon Village said, "I have cultivated potato on six bighas of leased land. But late blight cannot be tackled by medicines."

Grower Mokabber Ali of Somontahar Village said, "I cultivated potato on two bighas of land in Mamudpur field. But after one month, the late blight attacked my field. All leaves died.

Grower Abdul Alim of Belgari Village said, "Disease didn appear in potato fields before like this year. We can save potato fields."

The late blight attack in potato fields was confirmed by Rahela Parvin, deputy director of the DAE in the upazila.

Due to rough weather along with excessive cold, the late blight disease has appeared in potato fields.

 Necessary advice is given to growers while awareness leaflets are distributed, and it is expected the yielding will not be impacted, the official added.







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