In the village of Manip Willow Kunu, all the Yongchak trees are infested with caterpillar-like pests, also known as lope, endangering the lives of many families. Yongchak (Parkia Espeyosa) flowers and beans are eaten like pods. Yongchak Aromba or Sinju, made with fried fish, is one of the most sought after foods in the winter.
However, this village in the Senapati district, which borders Nagaland, reports that almost all of its trees have been attacked by loopers.
A joint team of Krishna Vigian Kendra (KVK) Senapati and Agricultural Experts Forum e-Lome visited the hill village about 150 kilometers northwest of Imfal on Sunday and confirmed the development.
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“We have visited the village to control the pest infestation of the Yongchak (bean) trees,” said Hume Kangjam, KVK Senapati’s farm manager. We also collected pest specimens for further study.
Looper can be seen in many parts of the Yongchak tree and village, including house walls.
The cause of Luper’s attack is still unknown, but in the state, oncologists say the pests are growing into moths.
Eng. P. Selston, a social worker from Senapati, said the villagers had seen the shelter recently and that the pest had eaten up all the green parts of the Yongchak tree in a short time.
Source: A similar attack on the Yongchak trees was reported in the Kamjong area of Manip. However, HTT has not been able to confirm this development.
Meanwhile, officials from the Department of Horticulture and Soil Protection have begun correcting the trees by spraying them with organic pesticides.
“We have sent the collected loops to the Indian Agricultural Research Council for inspection,” said K. Upen, the district’s horticulturalist.
Over the years, the empire has survived the drying up of the Yongchak trees.