**Ganjam:** Amid the devastating pest attack across the state, a 7-member-team of experts from the Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), led by Vice Chancellor Surendranath Pashupalaka, on Saturday visited Ganjam district to assess the crop-loss situation and find out the reason behind it.
The team visited farm lands of Chikiti block and discussed with the farmers regarding the situation.
Deputy Director of Agriculture Manoj Kumar Behera also accompanied the team during the visit.
Notably, crop damage due to pest attack this season has been reported twenty-four out of 30 districts, causing severe distress to the farmers across the State.
A report submitted by Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), revealed that there is crop loss of 33 per cent and more in 128,319 hectares of cropped area in 8,092 villages under 150 blocks and 148 wards under 35 urban local bodies of 24 districts.