Pink bollworm threatens cotton crop again even as options to fight it taper

Pink bollworm can inflict locule damage to the extent of 55% and can reduces seed cotton yield by up to 90%. It impacts the lint quality primarily

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Annually, cotton is grown on 12-12.5 million hectares in India and much of this has been under threat of pink bollworm the past few years

Sanjeeb Mukherjee New Delhi
Gagandeep Singh of Burj Jabraan village in Mansa district of Punjab has sown cotton on about five acres of land this year.

If not for quick control measures, Singh wouldn't have managed to save his crop from the Pink Bollworm pest, which has infested several farms in his districts and other cotton growing regions of Bhatinda and Fazilka.

Singh says the attack this year has come much sooner than the last, due to the near absence of rainfall in the early part of the sowing season.

First Published: Jul 19 2022 | 2:34 PM IST

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