Haryana issues advisory on measures against Whitefly

Chandigarh, August 30, 2020: With a view to protect cotton crop from whitefly attack during Kharif-2020, the Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department has advised farmers in the State to take precautionary measures, including using botanical remedies such as neem oil solution and monitoring the occurrence of the pests.
While stating this here today, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, J. P. Dalal, said that officials of the Department were monitoring the incidence of whitefly in districts Sirsa, Hisar, Fatehabad, Jind and Bhiwani, which constitute 80 per cent of area under cotton in the State.
Scientists from CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar (CCSHAU) have visited fields in different districts to take stock of the situation and suggest measures.
He said that while occurrence of whitefly in districts Sirsa, Fatehabad and Jind were found to be below the Economic Threshold Level (ETL), a small patch in a few villages in district Hisar was found to be above ETL. In district Bhiwani, the infestation level of whitefly is about 50 per cent.
In order to prevent further infestation, the Department has issued an advisory comprising measures suggested by CCSHAU, Central Institute for Cotton Research, Sirsa (CICR) and Bayer Crop Science, which include installation of 40 to 50 low-cost yellow sticky traps per acre.
The advisory also states that up to 70 days after sowing, farmers may apply two sprays of an emulsion comprising one per cent neem oil and 0.05 to 0.10 per cent laundry detergent, or Nimbecidine (0.03 per cent or 300 ppm).
This emulsion should be applied at the rate of one litre per acre.
This application should be followed by two sprays of an emulsion comprising two per cent castor oil and 0.05 to 0.10 per cent laundry detergent. Farmers should continue to apply neem-based insecticides throughout the season as required, he added.
He said that farmers could also use insect growth regulators, including difenthiauron at the rate of 200 grams per acre or Flonicamid 50WG at the rate of 80 grams per acre or Dinotefuran 20% SG at the rate of 60 grams per acre or Clothianidin 50WG at the rate of 20 grams per acre, dissolved in 200 litres of water, particularly after mid-August.
These insecticides are effective against whiteflies and are relatively safer for the natural enemies of the pests, he added.

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