Piti pus hits Rambuttan cultivation
Rambuttan cultivators in the Southern Province have to face
difficulties as their crops have been affected by a fungal disease
called Piti Pus in which the fruit gets covered with a downy mildew.
Farmers have lost their harvest as a result
Because of this disease rambuttan wither, become blackish and fall
down. According to farmers, there are similarities between mealy bug and
Piti Pus diseases.
Fruit Crop Research and Development Centre, Kananwila, Horana,
Research Officer H.D. Jayawickrama said this disease spreads as trees
don't receive adequatelight and air.
It is necessary to provide light and air to the trees and spray
sulphur (Gendagam) to trees to avoid the disease.