Vol. 2, Issue 4 (2017)
Opinion survey on rodent problems and their management in cropping system in Indo-Gangetic plain of north-eastern part of Haryana
Author(s): Ombir Singh
Abstract: Rodents are one of the most serious impediments to food production and storage in India. They are extremely destructive to crops/commodities by gnawing and feeding, spoilage, contamination and hoarding at farm level and in storage conditions. Haryana is predominantly an agrarian state in north-western part of India that shelters large rodent pest population. It has both xeric as well as mesic species of rodents. Among these, B. bengalensis, T. indica, R. meltada, M.booduga, M. platythrix, M. hurrianae and G.ellioti have been reported from crop fields whereas R. rattus and M. musculus have been reported in residential premises, food stores and godowns. The five stripped plam squirrel, F. pennanti has been reported to destroy orchards and vegetable crops in different parts of the state. However the commensal forms R. rattus and M. musculus have also been found to inhabit the crop fields. Therefore, there is an immediate need to manage these pests effectively in crop fields and storage conditions. Hence an attempt was made to assess the farmers’ knowledge and awareness towards rodent problems and their management by conducting opinion survey through personal contact programme.
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