PANKAJ YADAV*, VINOD KUMAR MALIK1, SARITA AND PREETI VASHISHT
Department of Plant Pathology,
CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar-125 004 (Haryana), India
*(e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org)
(Received : 31 July 2022; Accepted : 04 August 2022)
The incidence of pearl millet blast has increased tremendously and being noticed over the varieties and commercially grown hybrids in the pearl millet growing regions of the country. Pearl millet blast has emerged as a very serious threat to the production of pearl millet fodder and grain in the changing climate resulting economic losses to the growers. To know the incidence and severity of the disease a survey was carried out during kharif season 2020-21 and 2021-22 in major pearl millet growing districts of Haryana viz., Bhiwani, Mahendragarh, Rewari, Hisar, Charkhi Dadri, Gurugram,
Jhajjar and Nuh. The results of survey reveals that the maximum mean disease incidence was recorded in Bhiwani district (71.92 %) followed by Mahendragarh (67.1 %), Hisar (57.88 %), Charkhi Dadri (53.92 %), Rewari (53.35 %) and Jhajjar (50.35 %) while the minimum disease incidence (38.74%) was recorded in Nuh district. The disease severity was ranged from 30.04 % to 56.36 % in year 2020-21 whereas, it was ranged 34.93 % to 60.01 % in 2021-22 this might be due to the more favourable environmental conditions as there were more rainfall and humidity in year 2021-22.
Key words: Pearl millet, blast, fodder, grain, disease incidence, severity