Around 700 villages in India’s western state of Maharashtra have reportedly officially confirmed the outbreak of pink bollworm in cotton crop crossing the ‘economic threshold limit’. An economic threshold is the insect's population level or extent of crop damage at which the value of the crop destroyed exceeds the cost of controlling the pest.
The crossing of the threshold means that a sizable amount of the crop may be lost to the pest, a news agency reported quoting a top government official in the state.
Generally 21,000 villages in the state sow cotton. This year, 39.7 lakh hectares were covered under cotton cultivation compared to last year's 41.1 lakh hectares, the official informed.
The economic threshold limit has crossed in 700 villages, mainly from Marathwada, Vidarbha and north Maharashtra regions.
The state’s cotton production this year could be around 365 lakh bales compared to 372 lakh bales in 2017. (DS)
Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India