PERFORMANCE OF DIFFERENT OKRA VARIETIES AGAINST PESTS AND DISEASES DURING DIFFERENT SEASONS
The reactions of seven commercial varieties of okra (Abelmoschus esculentus L. Moench) were evaluated under field conditions against different pests and diseases. The experiment was conducted for two seasons i.e., rainy and summer season 2011 at Horticulture Instructional Farm, C. P. College of Agriculture, S.D. Agricultural University, Sardarkrushinagar. Where in seven okra varieties Arka Anamika (V1), Phule Utkarsha (V2), Gujarat Okra-2 (V3), Arka Abhay (V4), Perkins Long Green (V5), Gujarat Okra-1 (V6) and Parbhani Kranti (V7) were taken. The experiment, replicated three times was laid out in Randomised Block Design. During the rainy and summer season, significantly least population of leaf hopper, white fly and YVMV (%) was recorded with variety Gujarat Okra-2. The superior performance with respect to cost: benefit ratio was recorded with variety Gujarat Okra-2 (V3) during dual season, i.e. rainy and summer season. The easiest and cheapest method of reducing incidence of pests and diseases of okra is cultivation of resistant varieties along with spraying imidacloprid and acetamaprid to contribute maximum cost: benefit ratio.
Y.D. PAWAR AND L.R. VARMA
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