KERI: Rice blast fungus locally known as charmo has damaged paddy crop in many areas of Bicholim and Sattari talukas.
Though the zonal agriculture officers at Bicholim, Sattari and Sakhali have taken needful steps, information about the disease was not provided in time.
Magnaporthe grisea, also known as rice blast fungus, rice rotten neck or rice seedling blight is a plant-pathogenic fungus that seriously affects rice.
Initial symptoms are white to gray-green lesions or spots with darker borders produced on all parts of the shoot, while older lesions are elliptical or spindle-shaped and whitish to gray with necrotic borders. It also affects reproduction by causing the host to produce fewer seeds.
Navalo Zore from Vantichemol of Ghoteli in Sattari told TOI, "Our crops are affected badly by charmo. My family and I have worked hard but rice blast fungus would drastically reduce the yield and cause heavy losses. We are landless and our investment this year has proved futile."
Kishor Bhave, the zonal agricultural officer of Sattari, said, "As soon as our officials received information, we made sincere efforts to providing tricyclozole chemical free of cost to the affected farmers. In some cases, tricyclozole has helped farmers to get rid of the affects of charmo."
Shashikant Malik from Kudne said, "This year farmers with more than 5ha are worried that our hardwork will not yield much fruit as the paddy is affected by blast fungus."
Dasharath Morajkar, social activist from Pelavade-Ravan in Sattari, said, "Since the losses will not be compensated under the Shetkari Aadhaar Nidhi Scheme initiated by the government of Goa, farmers are under further stress."
Courtesy : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/Charmo-takes-a-toll-on-paddy...