Flood water, mealy bug causing damage to Guava Groves in Sindh
Mealy bug is increasing dangerously after the rains; growers should consult the experts to save the groves.
Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Agricultural College holds seminar on “Future Strategies for mealy bug in Guava orchards after Rain and flood situation in Sindh”
The experts of Sindh Agriculture University have warned the growers that the flood water has become dangerous for the Guava groves and the mealy bug is also increasing dangerously after the rains, so the growers should consult the experts to save the groves.
The experts were addressing the one-day seminar on Thursday arranged by Department of Entomology, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Agricultural College (SZABAC) Dokri on “Future Strategies for mealy bug IPM in Guava orchards after Rain and flood situation in Sindh”.
Addressing to the seminar Prof. Dr. Sultan Maitlo, Principal, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Agricultural College Dokri said that after the rains in Sindh, the agriculture faces a lot of problems, and various pests have also appeared, while after the rains, the mealy bug has attacked various orchards, including Guava.
He said that Sindh Agriculture University and its constituted colleges including SZABAC are aware of these problems and experts are continuing their research to deal with them.
Prof. Dr. Shah Nawaz Khuhro, Chairman Department of Entomology, said that this seminar has been organized to assess the possible damage caused by the rains, especially to the Guava groves. He briefed that Guava orchards are attacked by the notorious mealy bug insect; he said that in current situation mealy bug and flood water are harmful for the Guava orchards.
Saeed Ahmed Tunio, Deputy Director Agriculture Extension Larkana said that mealy bug causes more damage to Guava orchards in Larkana. He hoped that this seminar would be beneficial for the farmers for the control of mealy bugs so as to get more yield, and added that it is responsibility of all to transfer the technology to the growers.
Dr. Ghulam Sarwar Solangi, Dr. M. Haroon Hullio, Dr. Shahjahan Rajput, Asad Solangi and Miss Shabana Naz Mazari also addressed the seminar.
Dr. Shahnawaz Khuhro presented the recommendations for the better management of Guava orchards. A large number of Professors, Agriculture Extension Officers, Growers and students participated in the seminar. (PR)