INDIA - Over 26560 hetares of cotton crop has hit by mar disease in the state of Maharashtra, minister of state for agriculture, Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan informed the parliament recently.
As per information provided by the Commissionerate of Agriculture, Pune, about 18000 hectares in Amalner, Parola and Chopra tehsils of Jalgaon district and 8560 hectares area in Dhule was affected by Cotton wilt (‘Mar’) diseases, which is 3.74 per cent of the total area under cotton in that district.
Cotton wilt is caused by Fusarium oxysporum fungus locally known as Mar disease of cotton.
The state government of Maharashtra is keeping a vigil through the crop pest surveillance and advisory project (CROPSAP) on the disease in cotton in the state.
The incidence of this disease was found to be at trace level, i.e. below the economic threshold level (ETL), therefore no significant losses are likely to accrue to farmers.
No proposal for financial assistance on account of Cotton wilt has been received from the state to the agriculture ministry, Balyan adds.