Armyworms infest standing crops in paddy fields in Kodagu

Armyworms infest standing crops in paddy fields in Kodagu

Over 100 acres of paddy fields in Kodagu district have been infested with armyworms.

Paddy farmers in the region are a worried lot as armyworms have started devouring their standing crops. The farmers had suffered from less production last year owing to scanty rainfall. This year, the crop has been infested with the armyworms.

The armyworm menace is spreading fast in Virajpet, Gonikoppa and Ammathi areas said the farmers. The paddy is cultivated on 32,000 hectares in the district. The armyworms have started attacking more than 100 acres of cultivated land.

Farmers said the speed at which these armyworms were attacking crops in the region was unprecedented. The worms are active during the night and they consume the paddy corns. The armyworms are not visible during daytime. As a result, it is difficult to destroy them. "The armyworms are found hiding along the bunds of rice fields during the daytime. They can be checked," said Krishi Vigyan Kendra Expert Veerendra Kumar.

He said that Chlorpyrifos and Cypermethrin should be sprayed on the affected field after 5.30 pm, which will help in controlling the caterpillar. By spraying a mixture of 50 kg paddy husk, 5 kg jaggery in 10 litre water, farmers can protect their crop, said the experts.

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