Humans have long been in direct competition with attack of pests from our ancestral beginnings. Pest competes with humans for food, fiber and shelter. Different kind of insect pest’s attack sugarcane crop which can be divided into two classes (a) sucking pests (b) sugarcane borers. Pests of both classes can damage the crop severely which may lead to low yield and inferior quality cane. JDW group owns a specialized team for managing insect pests of grower’s crop under Umbrella of “Cane Development & Farmer Support Program. As far as insect pests are concerned; Pyrilla and Black bug are major sucking pests in our crushing zone and stem and top borers are among the major chewing type insect pests. We are investing huge budget for provision of pesticides to growers for the management of these pests. Field teams consisting of development and cane departments have rigorously followed the crop of every grower to control these pests. Alhamdolillah with coordinated efforts of field staff and with patronage of JDW Group’s management we have ideally managed the populations of above mentioned insect pests.JDW has established a separate bio-lab with a team of entomologists keeping a continuous check on the pest and disease situation and other entomological challenges common to sugarcane cultivation. For management of insect pests, team of “JDW group” is working at grass root level and educating the growers through cluster meetings, individual contacts, crop visits and printed pamphlets. We used IPM approach i.e. utilizing both biological agents and chemicals for keeping pest population below economic threshold level (ETL). Insects cane reduce yield up to 50% and sucrose accumulation up to 35% and even more under extra ordinary attack. Most important diseases which have destructive impact on sugarcane varieties are “Red Rot” and “White Leaf” disease. Crushing zone of JDW Group Mills are facing problem of both these diseases. To save our crop from these diseases we are fighting on two frontiers:
(i) Promoting disease resistant varieties.
(ii) Snubbing insect vectors responsible for spreading of these diseases.