Staff Reporter

Anantapur: As part of on-field training programme for farmers, the scientists of agricultural research station of Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU) at Rekulakunta near here, have taught the farmers how to control leaf miner insect on groundnut by pheromone mass trapping -- a non-chemical method.

The scientists have conducted the training sessions at Kothapeta in Gooty mandal on Thursday, at Goridindla and Sanapa in Atmakur mandal and at Kandukuru in Anantapur rural mandal earlier this week. The exercise was also aimed at bringing awareness among farmers on adoption of mass trapping of groundnut leaf miner and cultivation of improved varieties of groundnut.

Several farmers in these villages were supplied groundnut seed of improved varieties like K-6 and ‘Narayani’ during the present kharif under integrated scheme for oilseeds, pulses, oilpalm and maize (ISOPOM) scheme. During the interaction with the scientists the farmers expressed satisfaction with the performance of improved varieties.

Quality seed

The scientists advised the farmers to attain self-sufficiency of quality seed at village level and provide quality seed to neighbouring villages too, thus spreading improved varieties of groundnut village to village. Farmers were given delta sticky traps, liners and lures for field trials on pheromone application technology to control groundnut leaf miner. The farmers installed the pheromone traps in their standing groundnut crop. Senior scientist P. Radhika explained to the farmers about pest management in groundnut and suggested integrated pest management for efficient control of pests.

Principal scientist (Dryland Agriculture) B. Ravindranatha Reddy suggested to the farmers that post-harvest groundnut should be dried under shade and not under the sun to get good germination percentage.