Fungus and pest attack on ‘arhar’ pulse crop have put both agriculture department and farmers on toes, as the attack of pod borer pest and phytophthora stem rot fungus have been recorded in the fields of the region.
Deputy director (pulses) of the agriculture department, Parmeshwar Singh, has warned the farmers, who have cultivated arhar (pigeon pea), to be careful about the attack of pod borer pest and the fungus on the crop after visiting the fields on Friday.
Parmeshwar Singh said, “Presently, the attack has been found on leaves and stems of the crop, but it may further attack flowers and fruits of the crop, so we want to make aware the farmers. Irrigation water or rain could help in the fast spread of the attack of fungus.” Singh said that the pest spreads with speed and first attacks leaves, but if is not controlled soon, it may affect the yield by eating flowers and fruits.
Singh said that more than 500 acres of land has been under arhar and about 40 to 50% of the crop has been found under the pest and fungus attack.
Parmeshwar Singh advised farmers not to irrigate the fields of arhar as the fungus may spread from infected plant to other healthy plants of crop after coming in contact with water.
He advised that farmers should spray 60 milliliter (ml) of Spinosad 45 SC or 200 ml of Indoxacarb 14.5 SC with 100-125 liters of water per acre to control the pest attack. Singh added that spray of 800 ml of Ekalux or 60 ml of Coragen per acre could also control the pest attack. To control the fungus attack, Singh advised to spray 2.5 grams of Ridomil gold fungicide per litre on arhar crop and not to irrigate the crop.
A farmer Jagjit Singh of Bandi vilalge, who cultivated arhar crop in 4 acres, said that his crop came under attack at the initial stage, as he found that leaves of many plants were rotten.
He asked officials to know about the methods to control the pest attack.