Three-year wheat holiday in 2 Bengal districts to check wheat blast.

Centre has declared a three-year wheat holiday in Nadia and Murshidabad districts of West Bengal that reported outbreak of wheat blast this year to reduce the spread of the disease. Farmers asked to state govt to prepare a list of crops that can be planted instead of wheat for atleast three years. Govt has burnt the affected crop over 580 ha in Murshidabad and over 505 ha in Nadia so far. To ensure that the air borne disease is contained, Central govt has asked the West Bengal govt to buy the entire wheat that is harvested in the affected districts and get it custom milled into flour.