Insect pests of important fruit crops and their recent management strategies in emerging horticulture hub of Andhra Pradesh-Ananthapuramu
Keywords:horticulture, fruits, insect-pests, semi-arid
The ‘Mission Horticulture Hub’ envisaged by Andhra Pradesh government to develop the Ananthapuramu district with a semi-arid climate registering an annual rainfall of less than 500 mm is catching up among the farmers despite the adverse climatic conditions and groundnut being its principal crop. Farmers keen on shifting from groundnut cultivation to raising fruit gardens as it is proving remunerative. Mango plantations are spread over 40,000 hectares, sweet oranges 40,000 hectares, banana 10,000 hectares, pomegranate 10,000 hectares, grape 500 hectares and vegetables in 30,000 hectares apart from sapota, guava and papaya in considerable extent. For efficient fruit production, the insect-pest poses a major challenge. Citrus, Pomegranate, Guava and Banana receive more attention.
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