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Wokha, Mokokchung farmers most affected by rodent pests
Published on 2 Oct. 2010 12:08 AM IST
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Wokha and Mokokchung districts have been the most affected areas due to outbreak of rodents mostly attributed to bamboo flowering, said Rongsenlila Deputy Director, department of agriculture while dwelling on the effect of rodent pest in Nagaland during the training on rodent pest management held at council hall Baghty, Wokha.
Quoting the agriculture department survey due to mass bamboo flowering in some pockets of Mokokchung and Wokha district especially in middle and lower region, she said the production of the farmers have drastically reduced due to the outbreak.
Stating that the department was doing its best to minimize the rodents damaged, she asked the farmers of the area to take proper requirement and consult the experts in handling such menace and urged the farmers to report in case of any damage caused to the department.
Rongsenlila also asked farmers to share the knowledge could during the training with one another so that such outbreak could be controlled with joint effort.
On insecticides and pesticides being used in the fields to control the rodent outbreak, especially those purchased from the neighboring states, she asked the farmers to take proper precautions as it has health and economic hazards.
Resource person, Jacob Yanthan SDO (agri-store) Dimapur while imparting trainings to the farmers said co-operation and community effort was required to tackle such rodent menace especially due to bamboo flowering which has effected the two districts this year enormously.
Taking the example of Wokha district especially in middle and lower region, he said income of farmers have drastically come down from `2500 per week last year to `250 per week this year due to the rodent attack.
Urging farmers that rodents do not mean only rats, he said there are as many as 20 types of rodent family such as Guinea pig, rat, ground hog, porcupine, beaver, squirrel, field mouse, hamster, jerboa, Norway rat, roof rat, house mouse etc.
He said apart from the rodent attack, wild animals, grasshoppers and birds can cause lots of damage to the paddy fields and vegetables. Demonstrating on some indigenous traps and techniques in tackling rodent outbreak and asking the farmers to use such techniques which has zero expenditure, he said total control of rodent is impossible yet such human mechanism can control the menace to some extent.
Ex- MLA Sulanthung lamenting that the money sanction by the government to the home ministry does not reach the affected farmers urged the department to present separate projects to the ministry so that funds could be given to the agri department for the farmers to get their share of the funds provided by the government.
O Eyingo Tungoe AO Wokha instructed the farmers on the uses of pesticides and insecticides and the indigenous techniques so that such outbreak could be reduced.
L. Mhao Lotha SDAO Baghty delivered the welcome address, Thechamo pastor Soku Baptist church pronounced the blessing and Chumbeni AFA delivered the vote of thanks.

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