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It asked the farmers not to store the stalks of the cotton plant in the filed after harvest. It said the farmers should follow crop rotation and avoid ratoon crop for cotton.

It said that installing pheromone traps which uses particular chemicals which lure the insects at ginning mills. The insects thus collected could be killed by using any of the pesticides, as told. It also added that that pink bollworm, a common pest in cotton, could be got rid of by not allowing it to complete its life cycle by ensuring proper sanitation during ginning.

Disclosing on weeding and ploughing practices, it was declared that, “Summer ploughing is a good agronomic practice for removal of pupal stage pests from the soil. Weeds which are the alternate source of insect pests in cotton field should be removed at the right time.”

The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) issued a set of guidelines for farmers who grow cotton crop in summer on 4-June-2018.

A declaration from the department of cotton asked the farmers not to store crop residues after harvest. As a method to make use of the crop residue, it was suggested that the farmers collect the remaining crop residue from the harvested field and compost it in a manure pit or sell it to paper industries to be recycled.

Source : Yarnsandfibers

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