He said that pink bollworm
and high temperature coupled with heavy rainfall were the major contributors to more than 10 million bales against the usual annual production of 15 million bales.
He, however, appealed all the stakeholders to cooperate with the officials in this campaign so that pink bollworm
or its Pupae get killed either by lack of food or by rising temperature before the cotton sowing.
Talking about cotton, he said that pink bollworm
inflicted loss to cotton economy worth billion of rupees.
Talking about cotton, he said pink bollworm
inflicted billions of rupees loss on the crop.
The Shetkar Jagran Manch's demands include compensation to cotton farmers for damage by pink bollworm
attack, action against companies manufacturing and selling fake biotech seeds, full compensation to farmers for losses suffered in moong, urad and soyabean cultivation, not disconnecting power supply to agriculture pumps, striking off unjust conditions from the gold mortgage waiver scheme of the state government for farmers and purchase of all farm produce at the MSP.
Off-season management strategy adopted well before cotton sowing would minimize the chances of attack by pink bollworm
and other pests, he said.
and Maharashtra too cotton crop was affected by pink bollworm
, while widespread damage was caused by floods in Rajasthan.
According to Cotton Ginners Forum Chairman Ihsanul Haq, the Punjab government has put restrictions on cotton sowing before mid-April under Section 144 believing that it will save the crop from pink bollworm
mite, Tetranychus cinnabarinus (Boise); spotted bollworm, Earias insulana (Boise); pink bollworm
, Pectinophora gossypiella (Saund) and American bollworm, Helicoverpa armigera (Hub.
It is pertinent to note that some BT cotton varieties that have been successful in the past have succumbed to resistant pests pink bollworm
, mandating the traditional cultivation and pest control systems.
He also pointed out that there is a lack of researches in pink bollworm
and urged the entomologists to come up with the viable solutions to the problem.
In 2001, an area-wide eradication campaign was launched against pink bollworm
and it has driven this pest to extinction across the south-western cotton belt in 4 USA states and northern Mexico (Tabashnik et al.