In a unique initiative the agriculture department will distribute special Tricho-cards' for free amongst farmers in the state. A special pest control laboratory in sector-15 in Gandhinagar will be the nodal agency in the effort.
With practically no biological side-effects, tricho-cards are an efficient way of controlling pests in fields and minimizes or even eliminates the use of artificial pesticides. Maize, rice, sugarcane, millets are some of the crops that can be saved because of the tricho-cards.
Tricho-cards have a layer of sticky substance which has pasted onto them, eggs of a surrogate host infested with Trichogramma larvae. These eggs then release pests that tackle other pests like leaf roller worms or stem borer worms, which are common threats to standing crops. The pests that emerge from the eggs on the card, after doing their job, either move on or die without enough food, thus creating no further threat for the crop.
Each tricho card contains about 20,000 parasitised eggs. Each hectare requires around three to five cards. The pest control lab in Gandhinagar will prepare these cards for farmers for free. These cards can be easily stored in refrigerators at home....