Staff Reporter

The Government has granted Rs. 1 lakh through Dr. Perumal Krishi Vigyan Kendra

KRISHNAGIRI: A demonstration was held at Moongilpudur village, near Krishnagiri, on Tuesday on how to trap fruit flies that affects the growth of mango.

Inaugurating the demonstration, District Revenue Officer P. Prabhakaran said such demonstration would be held in all the Panchayat Unions in the district for which the Government has allocated Rs. 1 lakh through Dr. Perumal Krishi Vigyan Kendra.

Agriculture experts from the Kendra explained about the cheap equipment designed by them called ‘Phermones Trap' to save the fully-grown mango from fruit fly called ‘Bactocera Dorsalis'

Mango varieties such as Bangaloora, Alphonsa, Senthura, Banganapalli and Malgoa are cultivated on more than 35,000 hectares in Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri districts.

Fruit fly affect mango production during April and May by nearly 30 per cent to 40 per cent.

The ‘Bactocera Dorsalis' used to lay two to 15 eggs inside the skin of the mango. When the larva comes out from the eggs, these mango get rotten.

Explaining the features of Phermone Trap, T. Sundararajan, Project Coordinator, Dr. Perumal KVK said that they had designed the trap to help mango growers to save it from the flies at the harvest stage itself. The trap cost Rs. 65.

To safeguard from this fly, farmers can keep at lease six pheromones trap to attract the male flies and control their population.

K. Gunasekar, Technical Expert (Soil) welcomed the gathering. T.I. Ramesh Babu, technical expert (Horticulture), proposed a vote of thanks.

K. Rajan, Joint Director (Agriculture), N. Arulmozhi, Executive Engineer, Agriculture Engineering, H. Arulmozhi Devan, Assistant Director, Animal Husbandry among others participated.

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