Aizawl: The youth wing of opposition Congress on Saturday asked the Mizoram government to declare a state of emergency in view of the outbreak of fall armyworms, which have infested crops in the entire state, much to the woes of farmers.
A statement issued by Mizoram Pradesh Youth Congress Committee (MPYCC) said that the infestation of the crop pest has covered the entire state and many farmers are in dismay due to fear of famine. “The government should declare agriculture emergency as part of massive effort to contain the outbreak,” the statement said.
The youth wing slammed the government for being slow in tackling the situation.
It alleged that state agriculture minister C Lalrinsanga has nominally acted to mitigate the loss of crops, that too much after the outbreak and due to pressure from the Congress and media.
“It is unfortunate that Mizoram has a minister like Lalrinsanga, who is steady in action,” Congress youth said.
Ever since reported in south Mizoram’s Lunglei district in early March, the outbreak of fall armyworms, the crop pests have affected more than 5,636 families from 227 villages in all the eight districts of the state.
The pests mainly attacked maize and have damaged cultivation in more than 2,100 hectares of land to the tune of Rs 20 crore.
The state government had formed Rapid Response Team to monitor the outbreak and take measures to mitigate the loss of crops.