COIMBATORE: Vegetable cultivation in India is hampered by pests and diseases which cause a total loss of Rs.1,40,000 crore worth of food crops.

With a targeted production level of 170 million tonnes of vegetables by 2025, the present productivity has to be stepped up substantially, P.

Corn that is genetically modified to resist pests benefits neighboring crops as well, U.S.

Sandip Das

Despite the ministry of environment and forest putting moratorium on the commercial cultivation of BT brinjal, Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company Limited (Mahyco), is undertaking research work on developing new varieties such as BT okra and BT rice.

P Jonathan Ambrose ENS

IF New Delhi Metallo-betalactamase (NDM-1)is the latest superbug that is threatening humans, crops too have their share of superbugs.

One of them is Papaya Millibug, a pest which has reportedly destroyed most of the crops in Puducherry and southern Tamil NaduCoimbatore, Erode and Tirupattur.

N Ganesh of CEAD, an NGO that works with the farmers of the Thavaluppam are

COIMBATORE: Field staff of the Department of Agriculture and scientists of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) have been asked to be vigilant on the possible invasion by coconut leaf beetle pest.


Roy Mathew

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Giant African snails are invading agriculture land and homes in several localities of Kerala, posing a serious problem.

A native of East Africa, the land snail ( Achatina fulica) is a pest that attacks nearly 500 plant species, including those bearing fruits and vegetables and even rubber and coffee.

Pune Pune ornithologists have found that the diet of the Indian Eagle Owl (Bubo Bengalensis) can greatly benefit the farmer. The eagle owl

TeaA tea shortage in India may worsen as pest attacks damage plantations, lowering output and boosting prices, according to the world

Jeevan Chinnappa

There seems to be no end to the miseries of mango growers this summer. Mango growers in Kolar and Chickaballapur districts are a worried lot.

Already battered by unseasonable rain and drop in flowering of mango trees, mango growers in Srinivaspur are now worried over borer menace to the crop. Farmers did not implement the suggestions by the Horticulture department to control the menace.