Tag: Pest Attack

Ganjam farmers worried due to pest attack
Pest Attack, A Double Whammy For Covid Crisis-Hit Farmers Of Ganjam

Berhampur: After bearing the brunt of Covid-19 crisis, pest attack on standing paddy crops has emerged to be a cause of huge concern for farmers in Ganjam district. As per reports, caseworms (Nali Poka or Patrakhia Poka) have damaged major portion of standing crops which were in growing stage in Pratappur, Kudutai, Gereda and some […]

Maize cultivation in Kalahandi under pest attack

Kalahandi: Following reports of Fall Armyworm (FAW) infestation in acres of maize cultivation in Sundergarh, the hitherto unseen insect has now started infesting maize crops in several regions of Kalahandi district. After receiving complaints from maize cultivators in Narla and Golmunda about the damage caused to their crops by some unknown bugs, the Agriculture department […]

Nature's fury hits Kalahandi farmers twice this year

Kalahandi: They blame their fate for the flood and the present drought-like situation which dampened their hopes of getting good yield this year. After their crops were damaged by flood in July-August this year, farmers of the Kalahandi district are now battling with water crisis and pest attack. They have been experiencing a dry spell […]

Massive corruption in input subsidy disbursal surfaces in Bolangir

Bolangir/Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government, on November 9, fixed modalities for distribution of agriculture input subsidy to ‘actual’ cultivators, including sharecroppers, who suffered crop loss due to pest attack. However, it seems that the farmers have been deprived of the benefits and become victim of a massive corruption which involves some government officials. According to sources, […]

Pest menace returns to Odisha

Sambalpur: Just months after widespread crop damage due to pest attack in several parts of Odisha, even allegedly leading to farmer suicides, the pest menace has returned to haunt farmers in Sambalpur. As per reports, hundreds of acres of land with standing paddy crops in Sambalpur have been affected by Brown Planthopper, popularly known as […]

Another Bargarh farmer ends life over alleged crop loss

Bargarh: A farmer has again committed suicide in Bargarh allegedly over crop loss. The deceased has been identified as Arjun Satnami of Karla village. According to reports, Arjun had earlier consumed poison yesterday and died while undergoing treatment in Bargarh hospital today. Family members alleged that Arjun had taken a loan of Rs 60,000 from […]

Farmer commits suicide in Rayagada over alleged crop loss

Rayagada: There seems to be no end to farmer suicides over alleged crop loss in Odisha as a farmer in Rayagada district died on Sunday after battling for life at hospital for over a week in hospital. The deceased has been identified as Narendra Hikaka. Hikaka of Malisiripur of Bissamkatak block had consumed posion on […]

Farmers left in lurch as banned pesticides flood Odisha markets

Bhubaneswar: Farmers in the Odisha are now clueless as several pesticides either banned by Centre or State government are still available in the open markets and being used by farmers here. The confusion has aggravated the problems for the farmers who are already facing problems due to pest attacks in several parts of the State. […]

2 more farmers attempt suicide in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Two more farmers attempted suicide allegedly over crop loss and debt burden in Bolangir district on Friday. According to reports, Gupte Rana of Kutumadula village attempted to end his life by consuming poison after brown plant hopper (BPH) attack damaged his crops in nearly six acres of land. According to sources, Rana had also […]

Farmer suicides continue in Odisha

Bargarh/Sambalpur: The spate of farmer suicides has triggered an outrage in the state, with another farmer in Bargarh district ending life by consuming poison allegedly due to crop failure after pest attack and unseasonal rains. This is the seventh instance of farmer suicide in last two months in the district alone. The deceased farmer, identified […]

BJP slams Odisha govt over farmers’ suicide

  Bhubaneswar: The suicide of Bargarh farmer Brunda Sahu allegedly over crop loss continues to remain a major political issue in the state with BJP State in-charge Arun Singh lambasting the State government over the farmers’ plight in Odisha.   Addressing a press conference here today, Singh alleged that Brunda Sahu of Kalapani village of […]

Pest attack: Another farmer commits suicide in Bolangir

Bolangir: Another farmer committed suicide allegedly over crop loss due to pest attack at Simulia village under Sadar block in Bolangir district today. The deceased identified as Radhakant Suna had consumed poison on November 12. The family members of the deceased alleged that Radhakant had cultivated paddy crops in over four acres of land. While […]

Odisha’s second pesticide testing lab yet to be made operational

Sambalpur: Even as the Odisha government is holding meetings and training sessions to tackle pest menace, the state’s second pesticide testing lab is yet to be to be made operational which has now has triggered deep resentment among farmers in Sambalpur. Sources said the new building of the lab is fully equipped with advanced equipments […]

Odisha govt failed to protect farmers’ interests: Central BJP team

Bhubaneswar/Nuapada: “The condition of farmers here is worse. It’s unfortunate that the Odisha government failed to protect the interest of the agrarian community in Nuapada,” said BJP’s Kisan Morcha National General Secretary P Sugunakar Rao after reviewing the drought situation in the district here on Saturday. A six-member Central team of BJP comprising BJP MPs […]

Pest menace: Odisha announces Rs 137.52 crore input subsidy

Bhubaneswar: With debate raging over eligibility of sharecroppers to get compensation for crop loss following pest attack, Odisha government on Friday announced for Rs 137.52 crore agriculture input subsidy for the affected farmers. Farmers who have sustained crop loss of 33 percent and above will be eligible to get agriculture input subsidy which will be […]

'Pest-free’ variety offers hope amid Odisha agri crisis

Bhubaneswar: At a time when pests have shattered the hopes of a good harvest of farmers in several parts of Odisha, Tentuapada village in Digapahandi block of Ganjam district has been able to shield itself from the menace. The farmers here opted for ‘Hasant’ variant of paddy that proved pest resistant to a large extent […]

Odisha govt misleading sharecroppers: BJP

Bhubaneswar: A day after the Biju Janata Dal (BJD)-led government announced compensation for sharecroppers for crop losses suffered due to pest attack, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today lashed out at the government and dubbed the announcement as a ‘purported plan to mislead farmers.’ Sharecroppers have been demanding amendment of the existing Odisha Land Reforms […]

Pest menace in Odisha: Central team to visit affected areas on Nov 12

New Delhi: In order to assess the situation following pest attack on crops in Odisha, a central team comprising top agriculture experts will visit the affected areas in the State on November 12. The team headed by Union Minister of State for Agriculture, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat will visit worst-hit Bargarh district first followed by other […]

If proved spurious, book persons behind sale of pesticide: Panchayati Raj Minister

Bhubaneswar: Reacting on the allegations that spurious pesticides are responsible for crop loss due to pest attack in Odisha, Panchayati Raj Minister Pradeep Maharathy today said that action should be taken against the persons responsible. “The persons selling the pesticide and the concerned authorities should be arrested, if it is found spurious, and they should […]

Pest Menace: Farmers, including sharecroppers, to get compensation

Bhubaneswar: Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi today issued guidelines to all the district collectors on allocation of compensation for crop loss due to pest attack. The agriculture input subsidy will be provided to actual farmers, including share croppers and lessees.  Farmers allotted land under the Forest Rights Act will also be provided the subsidy. […]

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Pradhan seeks Centre’s intervention to tackle pest menace

Bhubaneswar: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday urged the Centre to send a fact-finding team to take stock of the massive crop damage caused by the pests and drought in several parts of Odisha. In a letter to Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, Pradhan has stated that crops in 1.8 lakh hectares of land […]

Odisha asks collectors to adopt pest management to save crop

Bhubaneswar: With brown planthopper affecting paddy cultivation in about 1.78 lakh hectares of agricultural land in the state, Odisha government today asked the collectors of 22 districts to take up pest management measures to prevent the further spread of pest attack. The state government activated its machinery after pest attack reports were received from nine […]

Farmers lend a helping hand to Brunda Sahu’s family

Bargarh: With resentment brewing over crop loss due to pest attacks, farmers in Bargarh district joined hands to support the family members of deceased Brunda Sahu who had committed suicide on November 1. A delegation of local farmers from Pradhanpalli under Bheden block has provided some monetary assistance to the family of the deceased. “From […]

Pest menace: Another farmer ends life in Bargarh

Bargarh: Disturbed over damages to crops due to pest attack, another farmer has committed suicide in Bargarh district. The deceased has been identified as P.Nabin Kumar of Nuakhairpali village. According to reports, Kumar had consumed pesticides after visiting his agricultural field on Saturday and died while undergoing treatment at Burla hospital today. Family members alleged […]

Brunda Sahu suicide: Farmers' leaders demand Rs 10 lakh ex-gratia

Bargarh: Leaders of the farmers’ body Nabanirman Krusak Sangathan (NKS) today demanded an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh for family members of Brunda Sahu, who committed suicide on Wednesday over crop damage due to pest attack. NKS convener Akshay Kumar stated the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund should provide compensation to protect the interest of farmers. […]

Odisha govt seeks report on damage of crops due to pest attack

Bhubaneswar: The Revenue & Disaster Management Department on Wednesday instructed District Collectors of eight districts to submit a detailed report on the damage of crops due to pest attack, following the suicide of a farmer in Bargarh district after torching his pest-affected crops. In a letter to district collectors of Bargarh, Bolangir, Ganjam, Kalahandi, Koraput, […]