Abhay Mutalik Desai - Sugarcane

Village: Sutagatti, District: Belgaum,
Karnataka, India

sugarcane
woolly aphid

  • In June 2005, our sugar cane was attacked by woolly aphid.
  • Attack resulted from use of impure ghee for Homas.
  • Attack was immediately controlled after replacing the faulty batch of ghee.
  • Two natural predators called Micromus igorotus and Dipha aphidivora, came automatically and controlled the infestation.
  • Interestingly, the predators started from the area where the woolly aphid had first appeared.
  • Now we have a lush, green, healthy sugar cane in our 20 acres farm and also in the neighboring farms.