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Agriculture Ministry starts campaign against harmful insect

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Monday April 9 2012 Kabul BNA

Campaign against harmful insect started in Samangan at a time that tens of thousand of trees have been attacked by this worm. Gulabuddeen Ghiasi director of plant protection of the agriculture and animal husbandry department in the province said that on the basis of the plan of the department they have started two types of campaign – technical and chemical one against harmful insect in Hazrate Sultan and center of Samangan. He added that the first phase covers technical campaign that has already taken place and the farmers have been acquainted how to collect the seeds of the Morpet dar from the branches of the trees.

According to him those farmers having accomplished the technical campaign in their orchards have got better results and now their trees were saved from the attack of this worm but those who failed to do this their trees are attacked and sustained losses .

According to Ghiasi the second phase is chemical campaign that has been started with the cooperation of farmers in Hazrate Sultan district, adding that this campaign will continue for a month and around 100,000 trees will be spread. Khan Shireen member of the plant protection department of ministry of agriculture and irrigation who is in Samangan for assessment of the official of the department have already recognized orchards that have been attacked by this agricultural creature. He said that this very dangerous agricultural creature and is fed by the tree leafs if not destroy the tree leafs if not stroked .A twin of this creature lies from 150 to 250 eggs an year. Dad Mohammad an orchard owner in Dawlatabad village of Hazrate Sultan who was busy spraying the trees with chemical said that the creature is being found for the past one week and they could destroy the leafs of the trees .

He added that last year they were in a few trees while it’s have spread to all the trees of the orchard.

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