Caterpillar infestation occurs in paddy (Oryza sativa) and finger millet (Eleusine coracana) crops at the time of grain formation. They cause damage to grains and leaves of the crop. Significant damage is noticed in the monsoon season. Cloudy atmosphere is ideally suited to the caterpillars. As a result the population of caterpillars is increased in this season and the damage altimately. This all leads to yield loss of the crop. The pest is reported here to be controlled by herbal extract. For this, 500 gm root sap of cluster fig (Ficus recemosa) tree which is cut a bit of roots, the drops dripping over night are collected in a vessel, one liter black cows milk and one liter nodle sap of asan wood (Terminalia crenulata) tree which is cut the nod and the dripping of sap is collected in vessel) are mixed together to prepare the total spray solution for one acre of crop. This so prepared spray solution is then sprayed on the caterpillar infested crop. The remedy is reported to provide 70% pest control and the visual results of the remedy can be seen within five days of spray. This is traditional method, used by the farmers of this area for last 20 yr. The method is learnt from forefathers.
Crop: Cluster fig, Laurel
Crop Family: Moraceae, Combretaceae
Crop Scientific Name: (Ficus racemosa), (Terminalia crenulata)
Crop Vernacular Name: English: Laurel; Hindi: Aina; Others: Kauha, Asaina, Tempavu, Karuppumarudu, Asna.
Formulation: Use of root sap of cluster fig, black cows milk and nodle sap of asian wood tree for caterpillar infestation in finger millet and paddy crop.
Ingredients: Root sap of cluster fig (Ficus racemosa), black cow's milk, nodle sap of asan wood (Terminalia crenulata) tree
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