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India: Virus plays havoc with 'papayas' in UP
Time:28 May 2010
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Viral diseases and difficulty in differentiating the male and female breed have ruined the 'desi papaya' (carica papaya) crop in State.

As the result, people have to taste the papayas that are grown in states like Maharastra and Karnataka and farmers living in state have to incur revenue loss. Now scientists here have pull up their sleeves to get back the sweetness and large-scale production of carica papaya. Tissue culture technology will enable farmers to revive this sweet fruit in the state.

The age-old 'desi papaya' has been badly damaged by a virus and the common disease has been discovered that has damaged the papaya crop badly in state is mosaic. "The irony is that virus enters the papaya plants at nursery stage therefore nothing much remains in farmers or scientists' hands," said scientists of CSA University.

Scientists at Chandra Shekhar Azad (CSA) University of agriculture and technology are doing an exhaustive exercise to convince farmers so that they can either set up a tissue culture lab in villages.

"We are suggesting farmers to form a tissue culture lab jointly in three or four villages," said Dr Subhash Chandra while talking to Hindustan Times exclusively. He is associate director of extension at CSA University.

In entire state the total area where 'desi papaya' was grown has been reduced to half due to these two reasons. "Now we are convincing farmers that if setting up of small tissue culture lab at village level is not possible then collect the seeds from state tissue culture lab or from CSA or other agriculture university," said Dr Chandra.


Source: hindustantimes.com

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