Rice blast in Budgam, KVK issues advisory

Rice blast in Budgam, KVK issues advisory

He addd that the probable causes of disease outbreak as per experts are: cultivation of varieties susceptible to blast, use of own saved seed, no management practice applied.

A joint disease diagnostic visit was carried out by a team of experts from Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Budgam (SKUAST-K) during which paddy fields were found affected with rice blast disease.

“A joint disease diagnostic visit was carried by the scientists namely Dr Zahor Ahmad Bhat and officials from the Agriculture Department. The team visited affected paddy fields on July 18 at various villages including Pymus, Geranth Khurud, Geranth Kalan and Kakan Maran of sub division Budgam and  Zaloosa and Dangerpora Shahabad of Sub division Chadoora,” said a spokesperson.

He added that the observation made by the team after visit include that at all the places the paddy fields were found affected with rice blast disease.

“As enquired from concerned farmers no disease management practice was adopted in the affected fields. Disease incidence ranging from 10-30 percent and intensity of 3.5 to 17.6 percent was recorded in China varieties,” he added.

He addd that the probable causes of disease outbreak as per experts are: cultivation of varieties susceptible to blast, use of own saved seed, no management practice applied.

He said that team has recommended immediate spray of Tricyclazole 75 WP @ .06% and next spray of Hexaconazole 5 EC @ .05% after 10 to 15 days of first spray.