Students develop organic pesticide to get rid of whiteflies from vegetable plants
Kanjirappally (Kottayam): A group of school students have developed an organic pesticide to get rid of whiteflies that attack vegetable plants. The organic solution was successfully experimented under the leadership of students under Mathrubhumi Seed Club at St. Mary's Girls High School here.
The students had started a kitchen garden at their household during the lockdown. But whiteflies attacked the plants like chilli, bird’s eye chilli, tomato, okra and long beans. Many farmers were facing pest menace after vegetable cultivation became common during the lockdown.
The students sought a solution for this issue to Dr Sunny George, director of GospaFerm Biologicals, during a webinar organised by Mathrubhumi Seed Club. According to his advice, the students developed an organic pesticide and experimented it in the garden at school and households.
The pesticide was prepared using locally available products. When the solution is applied on plants regularly for three days, whitefly menace can be completely resolved. The pesticide is effective on coconut trees too.
The students secured first place for their project on this invention in Kottayam Revenue Balasasthra Congress senior section and also presented the project in the state level. Dr Sunny George said that they are planning to make this pesticide available for farmers at an affordable rate.