News: Concerns of pest attack on sugarcane crop in Uttar Pradesh.
- Uttar Pradesh has the maximum area under sugarcane cultivation. However, the highest sugar recovery can be obtained in Maharashtra. Uttar Pradesh is India’s largest producer of sugarcane, accounting for 51 per cent of the total cultivated area, 50 per cent of the crop and 38 percent of sugar production
- The frequent fluctuations in weather conditions in recent times have raised the risk of pest attacks for the sugarcane crop in Uttar Pradesh. The excess moisture in the atmosphere and day-to-day fluctuations in the weather has aided the spurt in the population of various pests such as pyrilla, grasshopper, fall armyworm and black bug. These pests mainly infest the sugarcane crop.
- These insects by feeding on the leaves of sugarcane plants impacts sugarcane growth and decreases yield and sugar content. The state government has issued an advisory to make relevant arrangements for prevention of insects and pests attacks and has also advised field inspections to gauge the extent of the threat.
- The department officials have been asked to destroy the affected plants and not to use them as cane seeds for sowing. Black bug is mostly found in the ratoon plant. Ratoon is a new shoot or sprout springing from the base of a crop plant, especially sugar cane, after cropping.