Paddy leaf blight disease surfaced in Gobi region

Erode,
Many ryots worry over bacterial leaf blight disease which was seen in many paddy fields in the Gobi region. Inspecting the fields, Gobi block agriculture assistant director V Jeevadayalan said that paddy was raised in 4200 ha in the region and now due to the cloudy weather condition and more rainfall led to the leaf blight and blast diseases in areas like Sengalarai, Seyyampalayam, Agraharakarai and Nanjagoundampalayam.

Such diseases could be surfaced after 3-4th week of paddy transplantation and some times before the flowering season of the paddy crops. The leaves would become yellowish colour and then the leaves would be fully black. If the disease is not controlled at the initial stage itself, the entire plant would wither before flowering.

The diseases were caused due to bacteria which spread through water, rainfall, air and could normally stay in the seeds. So, seed and seedling treatment can be done by using pseudomonas, or applying urea, gypsum, neem oilcake, streptomycin sulphate, copper oxychloride in the field.

The ryots can visit nearby agriculture offices to get more details on the ways to control the disease, he advised.

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