FARMER INNOVATION

INDIGENOUS YELLOW STICKY TRAP-

AN INNOVATIVE TECHNIOLOGY DEVELOPED BY THE FARMER OF KEONJHAR

 

High incidence of insect pest continues to be the major production constraint in vegetable cultivation and is further aggravating day by day due to the changing pest scenario contributing to low productivity and profitability. Brinjal, Tomato, Okra and cucurbits are the major vegetables grown in the district. occupying a total area of 56,605 ha. But heavy incidence of viral diseases like little leaf in brinjal, leaf curl in tomato, YVMV in okra and mosaic in cucurbits are significantly reducing the yield. Indiscriminate use of chemical pesticides in general and synthetic pyrethroids in particular has lead to the population build up of insect vector like white fly and aphids due to pest resurgence and widespread killing of their natural enemies. Therefore, adoption of integrated pest management strategy by integrating all the components is of paramount significance. As both whitefly and aphids are attracted to yellow colour, installation of yellow sticky trap in the crop field is one of the recommended practice, but unavailability of the trap in the local market has lead the low adoption of the technology. 

Mr. Laxmidhra Mohanta of Basudevpur village of Sadar block with his innovative ideas developed an indigenous yellow sticky trap by using the locally available materials i.e earthen pot and Mahua oil. The scientist of KVK, Keonjhar found that the trapping efficiency of this indigenous trap is found to be at par with the commercial traps As it is very easy to develop and cost effective many farmers are now preferring to use this trap in their tomato, brinjal and okra fields and appreciating Mr. Mohanta for his much needed innovation.
 

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Indigenous Yellow sticky trap in Okra field