Pest attack on jasmine by blossom midge has affected farmers in Sathyamangalam and Bhavanisagar blocks in the districts as athe infestation reduced the cultivation area by over 1000 acres in the past one year.
Jasmine is widely cultivated in about 5000 acres in these two blocks and the flowers are hand plucked and sold in markets in the state and nearby states and are also exported. However due to infestation, output declined in the past years and farmers sought the help of ICAR Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Myrada at Gobichettipalayam. A team interacted with the farmers who said that the lucrative crop had fetched them good income in the past years as more farmers cultivated the crop making huge investments.
Muthuswamy, president of Sathyamangalam flower market association, said that due to the infestation, the flower price have reduced by 75%. The team suggested spraying of micronutrients and decided to take up the issue with Director of Extension Education, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.