Chennai, Might 10 (IANS) The well-known Dharmapuri mangoes of Tamil Nadu (NS:) are set to get costly because of pest assault resulting in its scarcity, leaving the horticulture division and the farmers a frightened lot.
Famed throughout South India for his or her style and dimension, the Dharmapuri mangoes are one of the cherished merchandise from the state that’s offered throughout.
In response to farmers, the costs are but to be fastened however will probably be anyplace greater than 20 to 30 per cent than the earlier years, given the harm suffered by the pest assault.
The district has a complete of 15,000 hectares below mango cultivation and the yield was round 10 tonne of mangoes for every hectare, they stated.
Ok. Krishnamoorthy, a mango farmer at Dharmapuri advised IANS: “The manufacturing of mangoes was round 1.5 lakh metric tonne from the 15000 hectares of cultivation. Nonetheless, this yr pests have ravaged the crop and we don’t anticipate half the produce and this can result in a hike in costs.”
Horticulture division sources advised IANS that two bugs, leafhopper and Thrips have destroyed the crop by half within the present season at Dharmapuri.
These pests eat away the leaves from new branches and curtail the method of photosynthesis thus affecting the manufacturing of mangoes, the officers stated.
The state horticulture division has already invited plant scientists, pathologists, and entomologists to analyze and recommend countermeasures and a few scientists have given an inventory of suggestions for farmers to beat the state of affairs.
Sources within the horticulture division advised IANS that the farmers had not taken any management measures earlier to do away with the pest assault and the recommendations given by the scientists could be now applied resulting in the prevention of any additional assault by leafhoppers and thrips, the 2 pests which have brought on in depth harm to mango crop in Dharmapuri space.
Famend plant pathologist Dr S.Ok. Manoranjitham and famous entomologist Dr T. Elayiharathi have visited Dharmapuri mango plantations and given recommendations to the division and farmers to counter the pest assault, the division sources stated.