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Late blight kill potatoes in Bangladesh

Potato growers in Dinajpur and Rangpur are very worried as the deadly fungal disease late blight has started spreading rapidly in their potato fields. The cause of this spread are the recent dense fogs and the lack of sufficient sunlight.

Potato plants, infected with late blight, will generally will die off quickly. Many growers told the Daily Star correspondent that they are not getting any results, despite spraying anti-fungal medicines as advised by Department of Agriculture Extension officials.

A farmer near the village of Kalupara said he already sprayed anti-fungal medicine five times since he noticed the late blight infection 15 days ago, but to no avail. “Sixty percent of the plants in my field have died so far.” Another farmer in the same area said he already spent a lot of money to try and save his plants, but they are still dying of the disease.

DAE officials said potatoes on some 2,500 hectares have been damaged by late blight infection, adding that the Department’s field agents are in touch with the farmers to cope with the situation.

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