Punjab: Sugarcane under pest attack

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Chandigarh: The top borer attack in the sugarcane crop has lowered the farmers’ hopes of getting higher returns for the crop this season.

The farmers from Tanda, Dasuya and parts of Gurdaspur have noticed the lower yield after harvesting cane for the ongoing crushing season. The cane crop grown in the districts of Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Pathankot, Amritsar and some parts of Ludhiana were attacked by red rot at initial stage of growth.

“The attack of top borer has resulted in lowering the cane yield from 300 quintals to 240-250 quintals,” said Jangveer Singh Chauhan, president of the Doaba Kisan Committee.

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