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Advisory against CLCV cotton crop disease – Whitefly attack

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Cotton Lead Curl Virus (CLCV) attack is susceptible to cotton crop this year because of climatic change. To mitigate and control this disease effect, the farmers are advised to eliminate weed from their cotton fields and vicinity. This disease mainly spreads due to Whitefly attack which serves as mediator of this disease. For Whitefly insects, weed serves as debris.

CLCV is also found on other host plants such as Brinjal, Okra, Tomatoes, Chilies and several others including weeds, hence the elimination of this alternate host is essential to control CLCV/Whitefly attack.

A research in Multan showed that a mixed spray of Magnesium Salphate at 300 Grams, 200 Gram and Borax at 200 Grams, Potassium Nitrate at 200 Grams and Zinc Salphate mixed in 100 ml water per acre 60, 75 and 90 days after sowing of cotton crop can mitigate the effect of CLCV.

Due to attack of CLCV, cotton crop changes color, so farmers are advised to keep in contact with the Agriculture extension, helpline or pest warning department to counter this disease.