Thursday, September 15, 2011

Develop low-cost technology for weeds: farmers

Worried over suffering financial losses due to reduced crop yield, the cotton cultivators in the district today demanded to develop a low-cost technology to permanently eradicate the problem of weeds without destroying the crop.

Briefing about their problems to reporters in a news conference here, the farmers said despite using the high yielding cotton varieties like Bollgard II BT Cotton, which has given them high productivity over the years, they are facing the severe problem of weeds for the past few months.

The weeds especially, the parthorium widely known as the (Gajar grass), are spread rapidly in the crop while the farmers have to spend huge money on its weeding. The existing technologies used for weeding are expensive and harmful to the human beings. Hence, there is a need that the scientists should develop a technology which would permanently eradicate the weed without destroying the crop, they said.

They further said in addition, they are severely facing the problem of unavailability of labour and its rising cost, water stress and heavy incessant rainfall and insects.

Assistant Professor Dinesh Lomte said that the research in regard to eradication of the weeds was going on and they would tentatively get a permanent solution on it.

Although permanent control of the weed is not possible at present, the losses can be reduced with the efficient weed management, he added.

Farmers Babasaheb Gore, Ganesh Chaudhari, Mangoo Chavan, Pandurang Iname, Santosh Dahihande, the officials of the Mahyco-Monsento company and villagers were present on the occasion.

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