Pigeon pea crop is prone to heliothis which bore away its seeds. To control it 100 gm flower and bark of jujube are both finely powdered together. The powder is then dissolved in 1 L water and the solution is sprayed per 0.40 hectare of crop. It is observed that heliothis strike the pigeon pea crop at the same time when there is flowering in jujube at beginning of the winter season hence there is no difficulty in getting the flowers. The flowers are collected by spreading a cloth or plastic sheet beneath the tree and shaking the branches with a bamboo pole. The experience of the farmer using this method is that after spraying this solution heliothis start to recede in 2 -3 days. The sour smell and taste of the solution discourages the worms from eating the seeds.
Crop: Pigeon Pea
Crop Family: Fabaceae
Crop Scientific Name: (Cajanus cajan L.)
Crop Vernacular Name: Red gram, tur, pwa kongo in Haiti, or as gungo peas in Jamaica. Hindi: Arhar dal, tuvar dal; Urdu: arehar ki dal
Formulation: Use of flowers and bark of jujube to control heliothis in pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan) crop.
Ingredients: Flower and bark of ber or Jujube or (Zizyphus jujuba)
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