Infestation of green larvae leads to a loss of crop production due to their sucking out nutritive elements from the leaves as well as pulses. Therefore, Nathabhai Vankar suggests a solution formed by soaking two kilogram mahuva (Madhuca indica) flowers in two litres of water. This solution is then sprayed on the crop of pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan) and pearl millet (Pennisetum typhoides) for the control of green larvae infestation. This successful technique has been learnt by the farmer from his elders.
Crop: Pigeon pea
Crop Family: Legumes
Crop Scientific Name: (Cajanus cajan)
Crop Vernacular Name: Toor, Arhar, Red gram
Formulation: 2 kg mahuva (Madhuca indica) flowers in 2 L of water.
Ingredients: juice of flowers of mahua tree (Madhuca indica)
indica: a review of its medicinal property the seed cake is reported to have insecticidal and pesticide property. The seed cake is reported to have insecticidal and pesticide property"
"Mahua cake possessed a significant insecticidaland pesticidal activity against phytonematode (Pandey etal., 2003). Mahua has a good pesticidal activity against Tetranychus urticae. (Mani et al. 2003)."
"Mani C, et al., 2003 has carried outa study to evaluate the efficacy ofacaricides and botanical pesticides(neem oil, azadirachtin, mahua andpungum oil) against two spotted mite,Tetranychus urticae Koch on Okracrop."PAS 4:
"Raja N, et al., 2002 has studied theuse of Madhuca longifolia seed oil incontrolling pulse beetle (Callosobruchus maculates)."PAS 5:
"Ratnoo R S, et al., 1993 hasstudied the effect of straw, oil cakes (including Neem, Kusum and Mahuvacakes) on ashy gray stem blightMacrophomia phaseolina (Tassi) Goidof cowpea. Madhuca longifolia- A Review"