IMPHAL | Oct 20 (NNN)
The loss worth incurred by the rodent attack on standing crops and granaries in Tengnoupal district is estimated at Rs 1.5 crore, according to Morung who is the chairman of Kampang Khullen village.
Speaking to Newmai News Network today in Imphal, the chairman of Kampang Khullen village said that 19 villages in Tengnoupal district have been affected by rodent menace.
The affected villages are Kampang Khullen, Kampang Khunou, Leibi village, Langkhongching, Lamlong Khunou, Waksu, Choktong, N Satang, Kharou Khunou, Kharou Khullen, Rilram Centre, Khudei Laipham, Khudei Loikong, Khudei Khullen, Narum, Yongkhul, Morengthel, Saibol and Langkhongching B.
Meanwhile, a one-day farmers’ awareness programme on rodent control in Tengnoupal district was held at Training Hall, Agriculture department, Senjenthong in Imphal today.
The programme was jointly organised by District Agriculture Officer (DAO), Chandel and Central Integrated Pest Management, Imphal. Director of Agriculture department, Ph Rajendro and officers of Chandel District Agriculture department, Y Shyam and O Tarunkumar attended as resource persons. Pesticides were distributed to the farmers during today’s programme. Ph Rajendro appealed the farmers to consult with the experts before using the pesticides.
On October 14, officials from the Agriculture department of Manipur had rushed to the affected areas and carried out a thorough survey work along with the Village Level Extension Workers/Field Assistant (VLEW/FA) and villagers. The team had conducted a field survey as directed by the higher authority.
Rodent menace has become a big issue in Tengnoupal district as the creatures attack standing crops and granaries.
Few days ago, Leibi village chairman, Th Angkha had informed NNN that “uncontrollable rodents destroyed paddy and maize” in the district. According to Th Angkha, bamboo flowering could have been the reasons for the rodent menace.
It is believed that rats feed on bamboo seeds and reproduce at high rate to increase their population size.