Coimbatore, Nov 12: The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Maize
Research Station, Vagarai, has recommended certain management
techniques to control the rampant downy mildew disease found in
maize crops in Tamil Nadu. According to S. Arumugachamy, Head,
Maize Research Station, TNAU, maize crops have been infested in
Coimbatore, Udumalpet, Dharapuram, Odanchatram, Dindigul and Theni
districts. Maize accounts for nearly 83 per cent of the total area
under millets in the State.
It has gained popularity with the farmers as a high remunerative crop due to its high yield, low water consumption, good market price and simple management practices.
Affected by price volatility in sugarcane, turmeric and vegetables in recent years, farmers have shifted to maize cultivation.