Chilli blight

Phytophthora capsici Crop: Chilli Why is it a problem? Chilli blight is the most serious problem in chilli cultivation in Bhutan. It causes sudden wilting and death of plants, both in the nursery and in transplanted fields, thereby reducing yields. In severe cases, entire crops can be lost. Chili blight …

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Common cutworm

Agrotis segetum Crop: Chilli, Cole crops, tomato, maize Why is it a problem? Larvae of the common cutworm live in the soil and cut seedlings of a range of crops. It is most important in chilli, causing poor plant stands that require replanting. Seedling losses in Cole crops are also …

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Chilli pod-borer

Helicoverpa armigera Crop: Chilli, chickpeas, maize and tomato Why is it a problem?¬†Caterpillars can attack a wide range of crops. In Bhutan they cause greatest damage to chillis. Chilli damage is internal, mostly to the seed, so the main affect is aesthetic and the loss of hot seeds. Whole crops …

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Chilli

Chilli cultivation (8,320 MT produced in 2013) is of major importance to Bhutan, second only to potatoes in terms of production. It is grown in all 20 Dzongkhag from about 250 to 2600 masl both for self consumption and as a cash-crop (principally for the domestic market). The number and …

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