About the Practice

Green larvae suck out the nutritive elements from the leaves of the Indian cotton crop. Once affected the leaves are prone to droop and drop down. The green larva also eats up cotton developing in the shells of Indian cotton (Gossypium herbaceum) plants. This leads to terrible loss of production for the grower. So, to avoid the fate befalling most of his fellow-growers, Kantibhai Vankar sprinkles two litres of the milk of milk hedge (Euphorbia neriifolia) diluted in three litres of water per acre. The sprinkling successfully rids the cotton crop of green larvae. While cotton growers claim to traditionally using this technique, there is apparently a clear gap in the tradition either because of their diversification into using chemical pesticides or because of diminishing faith in traditional practices. Whatever the reason for the gap, there is absolute necessity for refining the traditional practices rather than taking to chemical pesticides which tend to hit a dead-end at the first hint of a pest developing resistance. The fact of the matter is that the chemical pesticide comes with a premium to eventually kill an impoverished and helpless grower rather than the pest which is its only target. The efficacy of the organic practice over inorganic methods is borne out by this singular fact. Besides, organic methods aim at biodiversity, whereas inorganic methods tend to be destructive, one way or the other.

About the Innovator

Knowledge Provider / Innovator: Kantibhai Nathabhai Vankar
Agro-Ecological Zone: Agro Ecological Sub Region (ICAR) Madhya Bharat plateau Western Malwa plateau, Eastern Gujarat plain, Vindhyan and Satpura range and Narmada Valley hot, moist semi-arid eco-subregion (5.2) Agro-Climatic Region (Planning Commission) Gujarat Plains and Hills Region (XIII) Agro Climatic Zone (NARP) Middle Gujarat Agro Climatic Zone (GJ-3)
Address: Dhamaniya Hathivan, Lunawada
District: Panchmahal
State: Gujarat
PIN Code 389220

Practice Details

Crop Family: Malvaceae
Crop Scientific Name: (Gossypium arboreum L.)
Crop Vernacular Name: Cotton, Kapas
Formulation: Sprinkles 2 L of the milk of milk hedge (Euphorbia neriifolia) diluted in 3 L of water per acre, and the ration of milk of milk hedge and water is 2:3 ratio.
Ingredients: Milk of milk-hedge (Euphorbia neriifolia)

PAS 1:

"Insecticidal effect of euphorbia bupleuroides latex on blattella germanica (
dictyoptera: blattellidae) Euphorbia bupleuroides latex extract may be explored as potential natural insecticidal agent against Blattella germanica. It was especially efrcient against males and larvae. The latex is known to contain terpens, which are recognized by their toxicity."

PAS 2:

"Pesticidal effect of euphorbia, nerium and calotropis latex on some larvae of crop damagining pests research article The plants are not important only for medicinal use, but they are also important in the prevention of dangerous insects, pests, fungus and other harmful biotics for crops, vegetables,other stored food materials and animals."

PAS 3:

"Plant latex is a rich source of pharmaceuticals, pesticides and immune allergens."

GIAN Reference: GIAN/UAL/393 - Practice ID: DTP0010000000288

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