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Scientists visit of fall armyworm affected maize fields

Solan, July 28(UNI)The Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), an economically crucial polyphagous insect pest native to tropical and subtropical regions of America has been reported for the first time in the maize growing areas of Kunihar block, district Solan, causing damage to the crop.
As the incidence of this pest in Kunihar block was reported in to affect an area of almost 50 hectare, Dr. Manoj Sharma, Subject Matter Specialist (Agri.), approached Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK), Solan visited for providing necessary scientific advisories to the farmers.
After this, Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni’s Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Solan, quickly swung into action. Dr DP Sharma, in-charge of KVK Solan constituted a team of scientists including Dr Arti Shukla (Scientist, Pathology), Dr Bunty Shylla (Scientist, Fruit Science) and Dr Anurag Sharma (Scientist, Entomology) for the field visits to provide solution to this problem. The constituted team visited Nagar, Dumehar, Karali, Sarli villages of Kunihar block last week. On enquiring, the farmers informed that they are using various chemicals like chlorpyriphos, cypermethrin etc. for the control of the insect-pest, but no control has been observed.
Anurag Sharma apprised the farmers about the life cycle and nature of damage caused by this insect-pest and suggested various management practices like the use of light traps during evening hours, from 6pm to 10 pm to trap adult moths, to reduce egg laying. The use of pheromone traps to attract male adults causing mating disturbance and hence reducing egg laying. The scientists suggested the use of Flubendiamide 480 SC @ 3 ml/10lt water or Chlorpyriphos 20EC @ 20 ml/10 lt. water or Emamectin benzoate 5SG@ 4gm/10 lt water or Spinosad 45 SC @3ml/ 10 lt water, preferably in early morning or during evening hours, for the control of early instar larvae of this pest. The spray can be repeated after 15 days interval, if needed. He recommended an integrated approach comprising of destroying egg masses and early instar larvae, use of light traps, pheromone traps and deep ploughings after harvesting of crop to expose pupae to birds and sun, which will help in reducing the incidence of this pest in the coming years. He further informed them that KVK, Solan will soon layout trials to control this pest in their fields.
During the visit, farmers also sought scientific input for the control of bacterial spot and early blight in tomato in Balera village and downy mildew in cucumber in other villages. Dr. Arti Shukla suggested remedial measures to control these diseases. The team also visited the villages where mash and soybean seeds were demonstrated in fields and the Geo-coordinates of these fields were also recorded. Dr. Bunty Shylla, met the rural youth during this visit and inspired them to take up fruit nursery-raising as their venture by getting themselves registered under the Attracting and Retaining Youth in Agriculture (ARYA) scheme that is functional at KVK, Solan which will help in improving their socio-economic status.
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