Scholar of Sindh Agriculture University has conducted research on the attack of hoppers in mango orchards. It has also discovered the solution by conducting in-depth research on the stages and strategies of hopper life to control it. Raja Riaz Hassan Awan, a scholar in the Department of Entomology SAU Tandojam, presented a copy of his dissertation to Vice Chancellor Dr. Fateh Marri.

A brief event in this regard was held on Tuesday at the Vice Chancellor’s Secretariat. During his research Raja Riaz Hassan Awan has proven that mango production is being severely affected by the attack of hopper on mango orchards, which is affecting the leaves and flowers of mangos. In these attack hopper sucks the juice of mango leaves and flowers, releasing a substance named honey dew, which causes a disease termed as sooty mould in mangoes. The disease can affect the productivity of mangoes, damaging the mango production by 20 to 100%.

Dr. Fateh Marri, Vice Chancellor, Sindh Agriculture University, said that experts of Sindh Agriculture University are working on disease free mango nursery and research work is also underway in the university. He said that there is a big market for the product, experts and scholars should introduce disease-free mango products and distribute them to the growers so that they can produce export quality products, they can get better benefits from their exports and growers can also contribute to the development of the country.

Besides the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Jan Mohammad Murri, Dean, Faculty of Crop Protection, Dr. Mubeen Lodhi, Director Advanced Studies, Dr. Abdul Ghani Lanjar, Supervisor, Dr. Aslam Bakiro, Co-Supervisor, Dr Imtiaz Ahmad Nizamani Dr. Imran Khatri and others were present.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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