Pests and Diseases

Bangladesh: Late blight disease worries potato growers

After a serious price fall of potatoes in several northern districts, late blight disease, caused by prolonged dense fog, has now become a cause of concern for potato growers in Bogra. This season, 61,305 hectares of land in Bogra have been brought under potato cultivation against the target of 54,927 hectares, while the production target is 10,79,815 tonnes, according to sources at the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE). “The field level officials are visiting the farmlands to give suggestion to the farmers for using anti-fungal medicine and required fertiliser in their potato fields,” said Bazlur Rashid, deputy director of DAE in the district. However, pesticides and other agro-inputs are too costly for many farmers. More