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Farmers urged to save sugarcane crop from mice, hedghopgs' attack.

MULTAN -- Agriculture experts have advised farmers to save their sugarcane crop from all kinds of mice and hedghogs to avoid losses as the crop was passing through a critical phase of growth.

In a release issued by media liaison unit of Punjab agriculture department, experts said farmers should put aluminium phosphide tablets in rat holes and plug them. These tablets release gas that kills the mice.

An agriculture spokesman said farmers needed to keep their crop safe from mice, hedghogs and wild pigs. Mouse attack roots and trunk of crop and the injured cane becomes dry.

Removal of weeds and other unnecessary plants from the fields and area around it can also lessen the mice attack threat.

Experts, however, forbade farmers from hunting wild cats, owls, and jackals pleading that these animals feed on mice.

Farmers can also utilize mouse traps. Hedghogs also attack roots and trunk of the sugarcane and can target fields that are away from their holes. Farmers should remove soil mounds from the field and areas around them as hedghogs live in holes in soil mounds.

Farmers can also put two to three phosphine tablets in their holes and close them.

Wild pigs also attack the sugarcane crop. Farmers can utilize specially trained dogs to kill them or place poisonous food on their way to the field, the release concluded.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Aug 14, 2015
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