Yellow rust has been detected in wheat crops from 6 districts in sub-mountainous parts of Punjab and neighboring Haryana. 

Yellow rust

  • It is a fungal disease that causes the leaves of the crop to turn yellow.
  • It severely inhibits the photosynthesis process which can result in lower yields in the wheat crops. 
  • Favorable conditions for the fungus:
    • Rainfall coupled with an increase in minimum temperature, and humid conditions.  
  • It can spread quickly if not tackled. 

Govt’s response

  • The respective state governments have issued an advisory to farmers to take remedial measures to contain yellow dust which inter alia includes spray of insecticides.
  • Experts have hit the fields to gauge the situation on the ground.

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