Agriculture and Farming

Spray fungicide before rains to avoid scab: Experts to Orchardists

‘Fungicide can be sprayed even when petals haven't fallen’

Srinagar, Apr 14: In view of the rains predicted across Kashmir from 17th of April, the experts have advised orchardists to spray fungicide before rains to avoid scab-like diseases.

Experts told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), that it is usually best to apply a fungicide before it rains, because rain causes leaf surfaces to be wet, a requirement for most foliar diseases, and rain may splash spores from leaf to leaf and from plant to plant.

Therefore, if one is able to coat plants with fungicides prior to a rain, the plant is better protected from disease, they said.

“Periods of wet weather are when a plant is most vulnerable to foliar disease. Fungicides, properly applied, may help to prevent or slow the initiation of disease and the spread of disease which commonly occurs during or shortly after a rain,” They added.

Dr Tariq Rasool, a senior scientist at SKUAST (Sher-i-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology) said that as rains are predicted from Sunday, growers must spray fungicide before rains to avoid scab.

Orchards where over 50 to 60 percent petals have fallen must be sprayed with any SKUAST recommended fungicide to avoid any disease in future, he said.

Those Orchardists who have sprayed in around last week of March and apple flowers are in full, they too can go far fungicides as per the last ;ast research it has been found safe to spray fungicide in bloom and there won’t be any effect on the fruit, he said.

Diseases like scab won’t see that it is in the flowering stage and it won’t attack but it can attack anytime and those who have sprayed before 15-20 days must spray fungicide before it rains, he said.

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