A.M. Varela, icipe
Is this a Minor Pest?:
Minor Pest Title:
Foliage beetles (Ootheca spp.)
Minor Pest Description:
Foliage beetles have been reported as pests of green grams in West Africa. They are a threat, when present in large numbers since they can defoliate young plants. They are 4-7mm long.
Minor Pest What to do.:
- Practise post harvest tillage to expose the grubs in the soil to the sun and to predators.
- Rotate grams with non-host plants such as maize or sunflower to break the development cycle of the pest.
- Delay sowing, where practicable, to allow the crop to escape from high populations.
- Apply neem; it has been shown to reduce flea beetle numbers and damage.
Minor Pest Position:
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