Problems and Opportunities
- Priority problems for okra include: IPM for fusarium wilt, verticilium wilt, powdery mildew (eastern regions), leaf spots, aphids, leafhopper, and root-knot nematodes.
- Primary opportunities include: long crop rotation and proper irrigation and fertilization to reduce build up and susceptibility of disease and soil pathogens; plant disease-resistant varieties, control for other pests (such as white fly), discourage cultivation of okra around cotton fields, intercrop with non-host crops, and collect and burn diseased okra/ bhindi plants to reduce spread of disease; apply soapy sprays, malathion, or Azadiracthin (aphid control) and carbofuran at the time of sowing (leafhopper control).
- These priorities and opportunities are based on feedback from agricultural experts at Nangrhar University and DAIL, and Professor Sidajan of Laghman DAIL Department of Horticulture.
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Pest Management for Okra
- See Pest Identification Cards and the Pest Management Page