HomeInternational Rice Research Notesvol. 30 no. 1 (2005)

Effects of cow-five, a fermented mixture of cow products, and soapnut on leaffolder

E. Belina | P.m.m. David | M.a.k. Pillai

Discipline: Chemistry, Agriculture



Called Panchakavya in Tamil Nadu, cow-five is a fermented mixture of cow dung, urine, milk, ghee, and curd (yogurt). Of late, farmers have started to use it for crop protection as it is considered to possess pest control properties, probably a feeding deterrent action (Natarajan 2003). We conducted two screenhouse experiments and a field experiment in irrigated lowland rice during 2003-04 at ACRI to evaluate its efficacy against the leaffolder Cnaphalocrocis medinalis (Guenée). Soapnut (Sapindus saponaria L., sapindaceaea) solution was also evaluated as a sticking agent.