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    Right To Technology For Quality Agri-Inputs Is Our Fundamental Right: RKPA

  • Date : 12 January, 2022

     
    Chilli Farmers Suffered Huge loss

    The new invasive pest has severely impacted the red chilli crop in certain districts of the two states by affecting the plants at the flowering stage and stunting their growth. Heavy rains in the recent months in the growing areas further compounded the problem. 

    With farmers worried that the crop yield might take a hit due to the pest, RKPA said "solution lies in the use of the right agri-inputs like seeds, fertilizer and appropriate pesticides in correct quantities."

    In India, farmers are facing twin problems of spurious pesticides available in the market as well as a lack of awareness regarding the proper usage of agrochemicals to protect their crops.

    It is important that pesticides should be used in the right quantity based on the soil health of farm land.

    “Besides the quality and right quantity, the timing of applying pesticide is also key for proper growth of the crop and tackle invasive pests like Thripsparvispinus. Use of modern technologies, including drones, robotics, and AI will help in uniform spraying of pesticides,” said speakers at the conference.

    The 2 Major Producers of Chilli:

    According to estimates, the two states -- Andhra Pradesh (43.5 per cent) and Telangana (23.5 per cent) -- account for over 67 per cent of the country’s chilli production.

    The problem of the new pest 'thrips' was noticed in early 2020 in red chilli crops in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The pest population has flared up as early as October 2021 with both adults and young ones feeding on the ovaries of the flowers and making them unfit for fruiting, heightening fears of heavy flower drop and yield losses.

    Due to these concerns, the chilli prices in the past two to three weeks have soared by over 30 per cent across various markets in Telangana and Guntur.

    "There is a strong need to control Thrips which feed on the lower surface of leaves of red chilli and are mainly responsible for leaf curl disease. These pests, if not controlled, can reduce the yield by 30 to 50 per cent resulting in great loss to growers," cautioned RKPA.

    Source: KeishiJagran

 















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