Guru GyaanAgroStar Agronomy Centre of Excellence
Integrated Management of Papaya Mealy Bugs
The outbreak of papaya mealy bug was first seen in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, in 2008. It spread later in Kerala, Karnataka, Tripura, and Maharashtra. The nymphal stages of mealy bugs suck the sap from leaves, stem, and fruits. At higher incidence, leaves and fruits become unfit for consumption. Approximately 60%-70% yield loss due to this pest is observed.
• Do regular visit to orchard of this pest.
• Collect and destroy infested leaves and fruits.
• Maintain orchard cleanliness.
• Racking of the soil.
• Do regular weeding and destroy weed host plants where the mealy bug survives.
• Use appropriate stickers while spraying any recommended insecticides.
• Release the parasitoids such as Acerophagus papayae and Anagyrus loeki on infested papaya, if available.
Dr. T. M. Bharpoda,
Ex. Professor of Entomology,
B. A. College of Agriculture, Anand Agricultural University, Anand- 388 110 (Gujarat India)
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