Kolkata: The state government is taking steps to ensure sufficient supply of atta in two South Bengal districts where cultivation of wheat has been stopped for the time being due to wheat blast.
It may be recalled that crops on 1,000 hectare of land were affected in Nadia and Murshidabad almost a year ago due to wheat blast that the experts had suspected to have come from the neighbouring country Bangladesh. Since then, the cultivation of wheat has been stopped for the time being so that the disease doesn’t spread further.
In such a situation, the top brass of the state government has realised that there is a need to ensure sufficient supply of atta in the two districts as there is no cultivation of wheat. In a bid to ensure the same, Asish Banerjee, the state Agriculture minister and Pradip Majumder, advisor to the Chief Minister on agriculture, held a meeting with the state Food minister Jyotipriya Mallick on Wednesday in this connection.