DAMAGE IN SEEDLING AND GERMINATING STAGES OF PEARL MILLET DUE TO BIRD PESTS IN PATAN DISTRICT
K. B. Patel
Department Of Biology, Sheth M.N.Science College, Patan – 384 265 (Gujarat).
Pearl millet is main crop of the Patan district of Gujarat state. Pearl millet is grown in two season viz. summer and kharif. The variety viz. Usha-23 of pearl millet selected for study purpose. Pearl millet damage by bird pests in Patan district is a serious predicament. The Patan district is dominant by farmers and their agricultural activities. The economy of the Patan area primarily depends on agriculture out of the total number of persons engaged in agriculture. This research work conducted during 2005 at Hansapur village of Patan district. During these research works, identified bird pests and carried out assessment of losses for 2005 – 2006. Seed of this crop is exposed and so attract several bird species during the entire period of seed setting to harvesting stage and so suffer heavy losses.
Keywords: Pearl millet, Patan district, Usha-23, pest, bird, seed