Selangor Journal

Organic fertilisers: Early prevention of BLB outbreak

SUNGAI BESAR, JAN 12: Farmers in Sabak Constituency have received organic fertilisers as an assistance to tackle the bacteria leaf blight (BLB) problem that had struck their rice crops in recent months.
Infrastructure, Public Amenities, Agricultural Modernisation and Agro-Based Industries Exco Zaidy Abdul Talib said the State Government’s immediate assistance is an initial step to prevent the outbreak from spreading and causing losses to farmers.
He said besides Sabak, the programme is also extended to Sungai Panjang and Sekinchan constituencies which are facing the same problem.
“It is an organic fertiliser aid programme specific for those affected by the BLB disease which has struck paddy fields in Selangor.
“The assistance is expected to help prevent further spread of BLB, and to ensure that it is under control for those who have finished harvesting.
“This is because there is no poison or organic fertiliser as a total cure of the disease yet, but good agricultural practices are expected to keep it under control,” he said to SelangorKini when met during the fertiliser distribution ceremony at the Public Hall, yesterday.
At the ceremony, Zaidy distributed a portion of the organic fertilisers to some of the 2,000 farmers.
After Sabak, he went on to Sungai Panjang and Sekinchan to provide the same aid to farmers there.
Commenting further, he said there have been reports of declining yield here but that the situation in Sekinchan is far worse as almost 100% of are affected, causing almost 50% decline in yield.

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