Turmeric shoot borer (Dicchocrocis punctiferalis)
This is one of the most dangerous pests, where caterpillars bore into the shoots and cause dead hearts. Whilst the adult moths are yellow with black markings on both wings, the caterpillars are reddish brown, with black blotches all over the body.
- Destruction of affected shoots
- Spraying with 0.84% endosulfan or 0.1% carbonyl
Lace Wing Bug (Stephanitis typicus)
This white lace wing bug is found in colonies on the foliage and causes a sticky appearance on the plant.
Leaf roller (Udaspes folus)
This pest attacks the fields between August October.
Spraying Carbaryl (0.1%) Dimethoate or Phosphamidon (0.05%) each
Thrips (Panchastotrhips indicus)
The pest lays eggs on the back of the leaves and when hatched, the insect sucks the sap of the leaf. Infested leaves roll up, yellow and eventually die.
0.03% dimethoate, methyldemeton, phosphamidon or 0.1% carbonyl
This pest is a black and white butterfly and leaves a mass of wax on the leaves.
0.03% dimethoate, methyldemeton, phosphamidon, 0.1% carbonyl each
Rhizome scale (Aspidiella hartii)
The pest infests both the crop and those in storage. It causes those in the field to whither and those in storage to shrivel.
Dipping seed rhizomes in Quinalphos (0.025%) or Fenitrotthion (0.05%)for 5 minutes after harvest and before planting Phosphomidon (0.05%) on the field