GUWAHATI, Sept 10 - The Agriculture Department has directed all officials to take steps to contain any adverse affect from army worms.
In a letter to District Agriculture Officers and other officials, the department said that army worms or swarming caterpillars have manifested in different areas of the State.
Steps like deployment of spraying squads in affected areas have been directed. It said that sufficient plant protection chemicals like quinnolphos comma chloropyriphos and malathon powder have been made available to all the affected districts.
The Directorate of Agriculture has already set up a control room headed by AC Karmakar, Joint Director, to liaise with district officials in this regard and DAOs have been told to be in touch with the control room for any assistance or support. Army worms had severely affected farmlands in the State last year also.