Crop Biotech Update

"Pink Bollworm Management Strategy" Book Now Available in Gujarati

June 20, 2018

Supported by Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and IDH, the book on Cotton Pink Bollworm Management Strategy produced by the South Asia Biotechnology Centre (SABC) and Indian Society for Cotton Improvement (ISCI) is now available in Gujarati. The book is authored by Dr. CD Mayee and Bhagirath Choudhary of SABC as a part of campaign War on Pink Bollworm implemented jointly by SABC, ISCI, and Agrovision Foundation.

The pink bollworm (Pectinophera gossypiella) caused heavy losses to farmers in cotton growing areas in Gujarat in 2015-16 and in Maharashtra in 2017-18. Gujarat successfully implemented pink bollworm strategy and thus avoided infestation in subsequent seasons. Thus, the Gujarat model of managing pink bollworm becomes a topmost priority for all stakeholders engaged in cotton textile sector in other cotton growing states of India. The Gujarati version of "Cotton Pink Bollworm Management Strategy" highlights the nature of the dreaded pest, its life cycle, reasons of resistance development in pink bollworm and nature of symptoms and damage and proposes, farmers' friendly & easy-to-implement, strategies for both pre-cultivation, post-planting and post-harvest of cotton.

Download a free copy of Gujarati version of the book from the SABC or ISCI website. For printed copies, contact Rajeev Baruah of BCI at