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Agrometeorological Advisories (Kozhikode District)

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General Condition








Black pepper






Various crops




Animal Husbandry


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മലയാളത്തിനായി ഇവിടെ ക്ലിക്ക് ചെയ്യുക

Attention banana growers-root mealy bug-a new threat to banana cultivation.
      Banana plants of varieties Nendran and Rasthali grown in about three hectares of leased land at Poozhithode of Kozhikode district has been found to be severely infested with root mealy bug. Symptomatology- The plants were at six months old stage. Five thousand five hundred plants were grown in the area of which about 120 plants were showing symptoms like creamy white discolouration of the last unfurled leaf and the leaf remaining unopened for longer duration, with a burnt like appearance at the tip. The feeder roots were found to be severely damaged with dead root hairs. Live stages of mealy bugs including immatures and adults were collected from the soil, confirming the severe incidence of mealy bugs in the soil. The banana suckers which were brought from nurseries of Mukkom and Kuttiadi areas and planted without proper curing is suspected to be the possible source of infestation. Similar cases have also been reported from Kelothvayal and Chathamangalam areas of the district.
Prevention is better than cure Since suckers are suspected to be the possible source of infestation, spread of this serious pest is to be checked by prevention of use of suckers from infested areas within and outside the state. Dipping of suckers in boiled water for 10 seconds helps to destroy the live stages of mealy bug adhered to the sucker. Soil drenching of chlorpyriphos 20 EC @2.5ml per litre of water in the root zone may be taken up in consultation with the Agriculture Officers of the area.

Important links

No. Website Organization
1 www.spices.res.in Indian Institute of Spices Research
2 www.icar.org.in Indian Council of Agricultural Research
3 www.zpdviii.gov.in Zonal Project Office-Zone 8 KVKs
4 www.kau.edu Kerala Agricultural University
5 www.agritech.tnau.ac.in Tamil Nadu Agriculture University Agri-Tech Portal
6 www.kissankerala.net Kisan Kerala
7 www.hortnet.kerala.nic.in State Horticulture Mission, Kerala
8 www.vfpck.org Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council, Kerala
9 www.cpcri.gov.in Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI)
10 www.ctcri.org Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (CTCRI), Trivandrum
11 www.nrccashew.org Directorate of Cashew Research (DCR), Puttur, Karnataka
12 www.cwrdm.org Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM), Calicut
13 www.coconutboard.nic.in Coconut Development Board, Kochi
14 www.coirboard.nic.in Coir Board, Kochi
15 www.rubberboard.org.in Rubber Board, Kottayam
16 www.indianspices.com Spices Board, Kochi
17 www.nhb.gov.in National Horticulture Board (NHB), Gurgaon
18 www.nabard.org National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), Mumbai
19 www.dacnet.nic.in Directorate of Arecanut and Spices Development (DASD), Calicut
20 www.cashewindia.org Cashew Export Promotion Council, Kochi
21 www.apeda.com Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), New Delhi
22 www.oilpalmindia.com Oil Palm India Ltd., Kottayam
23 www.indiaseeds.com National Seeds Corporation, New Delhi
24 www.sfacindia.com Small Farmers Agri -Business Consortium, New Delhi
25 www.nhrdf.com National Horticultural Research and Development Foundation (NHRDF),Nasik
26 www.kerafed.com Kearala Kera Karshaka Sahakarana Federation Ltd. (KERAFED),Thiruvananthapuram
27 www.kldc.org Land Development Corporation of Kerala
28 www.kslub.kerala.gov.in Land Use Board, Kerala
29 www.raidcokerala.com The Regional Agro Industrial Development Co-operative of Kerala Ltd (RAIDCO), Trivandrum
30 www.kamcoindia.com Kerala Agro Machinery Corporation Ltd (KAMCO), Ernakulam
31 www.livestock.kerala.gov.in Kerala Livestock Development Board (KLDB), Thiruvananthapuram
32 www.cmfri.com Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi
33 www.cift.res.in Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT), Kochi
34 www.ifpkochi.nic.in The National Institute of Fisheries Post Harvest Technology and Training (NIFPHATT), Kochi
35 www.moes.gov.in The Department of Ocean Development (DOD), New Delhi
36 www.mpeda.nic.in Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), Kochi
37 www.mcitra.org Malabar Coastal Institute for Training, Research and Action (MCITRA), Kozhikode