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Physical barriers for diamondback moth management in cabbage of up country region in Sri Lanka

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H. A. S. N. Hettiarachchi ,

Agriculture Research Station, Seetha-Eliya, Nuwara-Eliya, LK
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K. S. Hemachandra

University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, LK
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Faculty of Agriculture
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Abstract

Central highland is one of the major Cabbage (Brassica oleraca) producing regions in Sri Lanka. Diamondback Moth (DBM) (Plutella xylostella) is one of the key pests of cabbage that causes a significant yield loss. Farmers heavily use agro-chemicals to control DBM while ignoring alternative non-chemical eco-friendly pest management strategies. Therefore, attempts were made to evaluate the combined effectiveness of three physical pest management strategies to suppress the DBM population in cabbage. Field experiments were carried out at the Agriculture Research Station, Seetha-Eliya during the 2020 and 2021 Yala cropping seasons. A blinking light, sprinkler irrigation and insect-proof net were selected as physical DBM control measures. The combined effects of these strategies were evaluated in comparison with recommended insecticides. The result revealed that the combined effect of blinking lights, sprinkler irrigation and insect-proof net significantly reduced DBM larval infestation and damage severity of cabbage with effective yield performance. Blinking lights and insect-proof net were found to be alternative strategies to manage DMB larval infestation. Routine application of insecticides for DBM control in cabbage could successfully be replaced with these physical barriers. It was concluded that a package for DBM management in cabbage comprising of these measures could be introduced for cabbage farmers in the up-country region in Sri Lanka.
How to Cite: Hettiarachchi, H.A.S.N. and Hemachandra, K.S., 2022. Physical barriers for diamondback moth management in cabbage of up country region in Sri Lanka. Tropical Agricultural Research and Extension, 25(3), pp.223–231. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tare.v25i3.5586
Published on 04 Oct 2022.
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