LAST_UPDATEMon, 18 Jun 2018 1pm

Need For Study To Overcome Weedy Rice Menace - Azlan

ARAU -- An immediate study should be conducted to address the problem of ‘padi angin’ or weedy rice (wild parasitic plant) infesting rice fields in the state, thus affecting the farmers’ harvests.

Perlis Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man advised farmers to report the problem at once to the Department of Agriculture to enable complete information to be collected and follow-up action taken.

"Weedy rice has become immune to poison via a mutation process. A study is needed to find out how to overcome the problem,” he told reporters after handing over business tools to eight residents in Pauh state constituency in Kampung Katong here, today.

Azlan said the state government would bring up the matter to the federal government for consideration of assistance to reduce the burden of farmers affected by the weedy rice menace.

Yesterday, the media reported that about 7,000 farmers involving an area of 15,000 hectares in Perlis and Kedah were affected, as their padi fields were infested with weedy rice.

Muda Agricultural Development Authority’s Corporate Communications head here, Mohd Hafizi Zakaria reportedly said, the problem was believed to be due to rising rainfall and the use of low quality seeds.