Farmers in Ganjam are concerned about a bug attack on cashews.

The tea-mosquito virus is spreading to the soft tissues at the tip of cashew plants . It will reduce growth because the flowers of the tree will fall due to an insect attack .

Berhampur: Cashew growers in Ganjam, one of the state's major cashew producing areas, are worried a lot because insects are attacking the plant and the vegetation is also ageing.The tea-mosquito virus, which is common in tea plantations, is spreading to the soft tissues at the tip of cashew plants, making the foliage appear dead.It will reduce growth because the flowers of the tree will fall due to an insect attack.Cashew is grown on 4,000 hectares in 22 blocks of Ganjam district.According to Sarat Chandra Behera, deputy director of horticulture, we have heard reports of insect attacks on 500 hectares in Polasara, Beguniapada, and Kabisurya Nagar blocks.

According to him, around 20% of cashew production will be affected this year by an infestation of the plants, and the cashew growers have sought compensation from the government.We have cultivated cashews on three acres.According to Beguniapada, almost all trees have withered away due to the scorching heat.Beguniapada cashew growers have sent a memorandum to collector (Ganjam) Vijay Amruta Kulange, asking for government assistance in compensating for the loss.

Several cashew processing units shuttered as production was cut short.