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Rice-the staple food-Pests of Rice


A pest of young rice seedlings. Adult and nymphs suck the cell sap from leaf tissues. Damaged leaves roll inwards along the margins, feeding cause leaf drying and leads to a poor crop growth. 

The damage

  • The damage is severe under water stress conditions. 
  • Late planted crops are more prone for damage.

Resistant Rice varieties for thrips;

  • Short-age traditional rice varieties such as;
    • Dahanala
    • Kaluheenati
    • Kalubalawee
  • Varieties having a higher trichome density on the leaf surface, such varieties are found to be resistant for Thrips.

Thrips management

  • Submerge infested crops intermittently for 1-2 days.
  • Drag a wet cloth on the seedlings.
  • If the control of pest if difficult, then apply recommended insecticides.
  • If plants are grown in endemic areas, a recommended seed-dressing formulation could be used.
  • Seasonal cultivation.