Growers seek development of YLD-resistant arecanut variety

Arecanut growers have urged the Government to emphasis on the development of YLD-resistant (yellow leaf sickness) range of arecanut in Karnataka.

Mahesh Puchhappady, General Secretary of the All-India Areca Growers’ Affiliation (AIAGA), instructed BusinessLine that the Key Minister had a short while ago introduced 35 new varieties of different crops to fulfill the aspirations of the farmers. Now arecanut farmers also want a YLD-resistant range to deal with the sickness in their plantations.

Stating that YLD is steadily generating an effects in different parts of Karnataka, he reported there is a want to establish YLD-resistant range of arecanut. A number of vegetation in the impacted regions are immune to YLD, consequently researchers should really examine acquiring new varieties dependent on such vegetation, he reported.

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Puchhappady reported YLD was to start with discovered in Kerala in 1914. All these decades, the sickness was predominantly noticed in Sullia location of Dakshina Kannada district, and Koppa and Sringeri regions of Chikmagalur district in Karnataka. But now farmers are witnessing YLD in other parts of the Condition also, he reported. This has established panic among the farmers in people regions who are dependent on arecanut for their livelihood.

Enchantment for economical support

While the Kasaragod-dependent Central Plantation Crops Exploration Institute (CPCRI) has a regional station at Vittal in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka, it lacks facility to do exploration on YLD, he reported, introducing that insufficient funding is also one particular of the causes for deficiency of emphasis on YLD exploration.

Highlighting the part of arecanut in strengthening the financial state of several districts in Karnataka, he reported AIAGA has submitted a memorandum to the elected reps of YLD-impacted regions urging the Karnataka govt to lengthen economical support to discover a alternative to YLD in arecanut plantations, which include the development of YLD-resistant arecanut range.

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While CPCRI has submitted a undertaking to the Karnataka Horticulture Section on the want to establish a sickness diagnostic laboratory for YLD at CPCRI’s Vittal Regional Station and on the administration of the sickness, the Karnataka govt is nevertheless to give its approval, Puchhappady reported.

YLD in a nutshell

In accordance to researchers, yellowing of leaves is the symptom of this sickness. The sickness is brought on by the micro organism phytoplasma. The kernel of the nuts of YLD-impacted palms gets gentle, showing blackish discolouration, leading to a spongy texture. YLD is transmitted by the planthopper insect Proutista moesta.

Given that it is not probable to control the sickness via typical measures, farmers vacation resort to elimination of the YLD-impacted vegetation.

The sickness influences areca palms of all age groups, leading to drop in plant’s productivity.