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Dip in pepper yield due to wilting disease

GOA: Production of black pepper, which was steadily on the rise since the past few years, suffered a slight setback for the 2019-2020 season. Figures shared by the directorate of agriculture revealed that a total of 315 tonne of pepper was produced in the state in this agriculture year, as compared to the 346 tonne produced in 2018-19. The agricultural year is counted from July to June.

Experts from ICAR-Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute, Old Goa, said that wilting disease on pepper vines may have led to the slight decrease in this year’s yield.

Netravali-based pepper farmer Chinmay Tanshikar, who has been reaping the benefit of proper maintenance of his pepper cultivation, says that production has increased by nearly 50% since the last two years and he has been able to harvest 1,000 kg of the prized spice.
“If we continue this way, we can produce up to 2,000 kg of pepper each year. Innovative ideas to control the wilt can go a long way in maintaining the health of the ,” he said.

The News 24 Goa

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