Top borer insects attack sugarcane crops

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Karnal: The sugarcane crops grown in the Karnal district have been damaged due to the attack of top borer insects causing immense loss to the farmers. The CO 0238 variety which is widely grown in the region is most damaged by the insect attack.

According to the news report published in Tribuneindia.com, Scientists of the Karnal-based Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Regional Centre, told the farmers to eradicate moths at this stage as the time was appropriate to manage top borer through mechanical collections by using pheromone traps. The farmers should take precaution for next season’s crop as this season is about to end.

After conducting field study in the parts of Haryana including Panipat, Sonepat, Yamunanagar, Ambala and Karnal the scientists have found that the insect has damage 40-50% of the crop whereas the crop damage was 30-40% in eastern and western UP, Bihar and other parts of North India.
Scientists have issued an advisory to farmers and exhorted them to be vigilant in the fields during the day to check the insect.

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