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Rice swarming caterpillars destroy standing crops

By Staff Correspondent

DIBRUGARH, Sept 7 - In view of the massive outbreak of rice swarming caterpillars in some of the rich rice belt of the district, scientists from Krishi Vigyan Kendra here have offered a helping hand to the farmers to combat the menace.

The pest menace has been taking a devastating form in the paddy fields of Majpar, Borotichuk and its adjoining four to five villages of Rohomoria, number-2 Dhaman and Sessanepaligaon of Tingkhang and Chakoipathar, Panimirigaon, Jajimukh and its adjoining villages of Borborooah. Last year, the same pest attacked more than 7,000 hectare area in the district. The agricultural scientists� team met farmers in Majpar Seasabil and Bolai villages and made them aware of various tactics to combat the pest.

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