Cotton plants in India’s Maharashtra state have witnessed pink bollworm attack again this year, worrying farmers and the state government. The pest had caused large-scale damage to the crop last year in the state. The attack this year has been reported from Akola and Washim districts in Vidarbha region and Nanded and Parbhani districts in Marathawada.
The plants are sown from April to July in the state.
Cotton cultivation has been done on about 37 lakh hectares of land in the state this year compared to 41 lakh hectares last year, a news agency reported quoting a senior state government official.
Pink bollworm is an insect which chews through the cotton lint to feed on the seeds. Since cotton is used for both fibre and seed oil, the damage is two-fold. (DS)
Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India