By admin       2017-11-13

The cotton crop in parts of Ariyalur district has come under bollworm and prodenia attack due to unfavourable weather conditions. According to sources, cotton has been raised on 70,000 acres in the district. Though it is raised on almost all areas of the district, Ariyalur, Sendurai and Thirumanur blocks, which are identified as non-delta blocks, account for about 70 % of cotton cultivation. The cotton fields were brought under cultivation in May and June. The crops, which are about six months old, are at flowering stage. The crops were healthy until recently. The rain in September and October helped the plants grow well. The crops were not affected until two weeks ago. But bollworm (kaipuzhu) and prodenia (thandupuzhu) have started affecting the crop raising concern among farmers. “We have received filed reports about the incidence of bollworm and prodenia attack on cotton crops in some areas. We have launched a campaign to create awareness among the farmers,” S. Ayyasamy, Joint Director of Agriculture told The Hindu. He said the cloudy weather that lasted for four days continuously could have caused the disease. It could be controlled if optimum level of pesticides was applied. Over use of pesticides should be avoided. Intensive campaign had been initiated on the method of applying pesticide on affected fields

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