Intro: The most recent attack of thrips in the sprawling acres of chilli crop in not one, but at least six of India’s leading chilli producing states and the resultant devastation has led to a fear psychosis among the chilli farmers in the country, driving some of them to the verge of suicide. However, all this and much more can be avoided in the future with the help of GROWiT’s state-of-the-art, UV stabilized Crop Covers.
Article: While the entry of women in agriculture and the annunciation of the establishment of a Centre of Excellence in Palnadu, Andhra Pradesh, coming up with Indo-Israeli collaboration, has added a ‘tadka’ of sorts to chilli farming in India, it’s the UV stabilized crop cover of GROWiT India that has the real potential to add flavor to chilli cultivation and bring it back on track.
Chilli thrips, as we have already discovered in a previous write-up, are immune to various remedies, and hence, tough to control. ‘Tough’, most certainly, but not impossible. Humans might not have yet found a remedy to control them, but there are ways and means by which they can be kept at bay.
Largely attracted to their targets by colours, it is possible to fool them with the same or hinder them from approaching the crops with the help of GROWiT’s Crop Covers, which are fast emerging as one of the most suitable remedies to chilli thrips besides the GROWiT UV-treated Plastic Mulches.
ABOUT GROWiT’S CROP COVER: Not to be mixed up with cover crops grown post-harvest to replenish the soil with essential nutrients, GROWiT’s crop cover is a tunnel structure made of tear-resistant, UV-stabilized material. A crop cover protects crops from various environmental and biological hazards, which, in the context of chilli production include the formidable chilli thrips.
HOW DOES GROWiT’s CROP COVER WORK? GROWiT’s Crop Cover covers the crops, on which it is placed, completely, leaving just enough room for the air to permeate and ventilate the cultivated space adequately. It insulates the crops against heat and cold, thus maintaining a proper growth environment around it.
HOW DOES IT DO THAT? The Crop Cover manufactured by GROWiT India prevents excessive heat from penetrating the environment that it creates around the plant, during the extreme heat of the summer season, while capturing the heat on sunny days and retaining the one radiated from the ground during the winter season for the benefit of the plants under its protection. It allows 90 percent of light to reach the plants.
GROWiT India’s Crop Covers protect plants from pests and insects in the most effective manner. Since we are discussing chilli thrips here, we must remember that GROWiT’s Crop Cover is a UV-stabilized product, which means that besides posing a physical barrier to thrips, the UV rays with which these Crop Covers are treated, interfere with the thrips’ ability to identify their target – the chilli crop.
So, if you are a chilli farmer looking for a suitable remedy against chilli thrips, we advise you to try GROWiT’s Crop Covers. We assure you that you would be astounded by the results.
CALL TO ACTION: For more information on the use of our Crop Covers you can either read the articles on our blog on GROWiT India’s official website https://www.thegrowit.com, install GROWiT app, or call us on 18008896978, +919316747973. We’d be happy to assist you!