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Tur: Pod Borer Infestation in Maharashtra Witnessed

According to sources, there are reports of pod borer infestation on Tur in some major sowing districts of Maharashtra like- Akola, Buldhana and Washim of Vidarbha and Beed, Osmanabad, Aurangabad, Hingoli and Parbhani of Marathwada. An area of 2-3 lakh ha. has been affected by the infestation of this worm in the state while around 12 lakh ha. area is normally sown under it. If this news happened to be true, Tur production may by impacted negatively which was already under stress due to continuous and heavy rains during August to October. As per AgriWatch, Tur production is expected to be around 32.10 lakh tonne while Govt. estimate is of 39.5 lakh tonnes.