Weeds a leading cause of damage to crops

| | New Delhi

Weeds, insects and diseases are the three main biological factors for losing crop yield and causing economic loss to farmers. 

As per data of the Agriculture Ministry, India had lost agricultural produce worth over $10,000 million - (Rs 6424,00000000) more than the Centre's budgetary allocation for agriculture for 2017-18 - between 2003 and 2014 to weeds in 10 major crops in  different districts of 18 States.  This means agriculture crops worth over $ 910 million  (Rs 9090909090909) loses annually due to weeds across the country. The Jabalpur-based Directorate of Weed Research (DWR), estimated the economic losses using data generated by an all India co-ordinated research project (AICRP) on weed management, which carried out 1,580 on-farm research trials on 10 major crops at different locations in 18 States over a decade.

The NITI Ayog had also revealed in its paper on "Raising Agricultural Productivity and Making Farming Remunerative for Farmers," that crops yield losses in India due to pests, which include all biotic stresses such as weeds, insect-pests, diseases, nematodes and rodents, range from 15 to 25 percent depending on the source of estimates. In monetary terms, the figure ranges from 0.9 to 1.4 lakh crore rupees annually. 

Weeds do enormous damage to the wheat, rice, groundnut and soyabean crops.  They directly deplete the soil nutrients and moisture and compete with crop plants for light and space thus, reduce the crop yields.  Indirectly, they cause damage to the crops harbouring pests and disease agents.

In a reply pertaining to 10 major crops suffer huge economic losses due to weeds every year in the country, Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has said that weeds lead to the loses of agricultural produces worth over $ 10k million every year.

  "The economic losses due to weeds along in 10 major crops of India were highest in rice, followed by wheat and soyabean. Weeds are responsible for decreasing the production of most important food and cash crops by 13.2 percent," Shekhawat has said in the reply. 

At $4.42 billion, the actual economic losses due to weeds were found to be highest in rice.




Sunday Edition

View All

Court proceedings end in a lighter vein

20 May 2018 | PNS

New Delhi: “Now, let us enjoy our holidays,” this is how the Supreme Court concluded the hearing on the Karnataka power row on Saturday. The courtroom burst into a bout of laughter as Justice AK Sikri, who headed the three-judge Bench, made the jovial remark ...

Read More


View All

Street vendors reluctant to committee polls

21 May 2018 | PNS | Ranchi

With State’s biggest Urban Local Body (ULB) gearing up to conduct vendors’ committee election in June second week for formation of first Town Vending Committee, the members of Ranchi Footpath Hawkers Association covering quite a number of street vendors appear reluctant to take part in the upcoming election. Notably, as per the rule, allocation of shops to street vendors at the vendors market is done on the recommendation of the...

Read More

Page generated in 0.4927 seconds.