India: Go hi-tech to control weeds, experts’ advice to farmers
Nov. 26, 2018
For this purpose, the department has roped in the services of United Phosphorus Limited (UPL), a private company that manufactures herbicides, pesticides and also hi-tech machines to spray these chemicals on crops.
Kahan Singh Pannu, Secretary, Agriculture Department, in a recent communiqué has asked agro-scientists to educate farmers on using these hi-tech machines that were being used for the first time for weed control in the state.
Pannu has claimed that these machines were cost effective. “It costs Rs 90 per acre as spraying expenses against Rs 150 being spent by the farmers with the help of outsourced manual labour. Moreover, it is safe to use,” he said.
Meanwhile, the UPL authorities said this hi-tech machine helped in uniform spray with proper herbicide and water ratio and it's more effective as it uniformly covered every inch of field.
Agriculture experts said the success of chemical weed control depended mainly on the quality of herbicides and the spraying technology.
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