Agartala: The farmer community in Dhalai and North Tripura districts are worried over sudden spread of Armyworm locally known as Gandhi Poka that is destroying paddy fields in vast areas. The Agriculture department has already become active but finding it difficult to control the situation.
There were reports of Army worm attack in the fields of Mizoram and some parts of Assam adjoining Tripura. There is no report of attack in villages like Damcherra or Khedacherra bordering Mizoram. The most affected villages are Kurty Howr and adjoining villages under Kadamtala block of North Tripura district bordering Assam. Farmers have already taken some measures on the basis of their experience.
Parikshit Roy, Deputy Director of Agriculture admitted that there are problems, but claimed the department has already become active and taken some measures like spraying medicine in the fields and lighting the fields in the night which is a deterrent for this type of pest.
Though the pest, to some extent, came under control in the north, the new concern is its spread in Dhalai district. Farmers of Baligaon, Ganganagar, Rupapur, Mohonpur, Malayar Math have reported pest attacks in their field and informed the Agriculture department.