As the chemical insecticides may affect the crops, this eco-friendly and cheapest way from protection of insect. Source: http://nif.org.in/innovation/tapioca__water__as_insecticide/149
The problem of scales is a serious threat to pepper. He found an innovative method for preventing the scales in pepper. Pepper is the main crop cultivated in the area. Tapioca, the starchy root is preserved in Kerala by drying normally in the sun. Tapioca is hard boiled in water and then dry it. It was found that the remaining water in the vessel used for boiling does not cause serious burns. Because of the sticky nature of the water, he thought it would stay on the leaves of the Pepper killing the scale germs.
Link: It is eco friendly and cheap method for protection from the insecticides. Source: http://nif.org.in/innovation/tapioca__water__as_insecticide/149
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