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Farmers attempts to spray fungicide been unsuccessful

GOA: The incessant rain earlier this month followed by the damp weather has led to ‘koliroga’ or fungal infection in the areca nut crop in Rivona. Farmers’ attempts to spray it with contact fungicide has also been unsuccessful due to back to back showers. Farmers fear that continued fungal infection will lead to the fruit buds falling thus resulting in loss of crop this season.

“The continuous rain only makes matters worse. Our efforts to spray bordo mixture, a contact fungicide, becomes fruitless since it gets washed away in the next shower. The only way to control this disease is by applying fungicide,” said Pandurang Patil, a farmer from Rivona, whose crop has been infected. There are about 100 farmers in the region who are affected by the crop loss, Patil said.

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