A trap for worms affecting cardamom

A trap for worms affecting cardamom


Name : T. T. Thomas

District & State :  -1, Kerala

Category : Plant varieties

Award :   Appreciation

Award Function :   1st National Grassroots Innovation Awards

Award Year : 2001


Mr. Thomas is a farmer from Kanchiar. He grows mainly cardamom, pepper, and coffee. Green worms and thrips are the major diseases of cardamom. The decoction developed by Thomas is found to be very effective against these pests.
A trap for worms affecting cardamom:

Mr Thomas has developed a decoction from tulsi (basil) leaves for preventing insect attack, especially from green worms and thrips in Cardamom. Leaves of ‘krishna tulsi’ are crushed, without adding water in it. Then one pinch of mosquito killing powder is added and this mixture is then kept in a small vessel. Metal vessels shouldn’t be used. Thereafter these vessels are placed in different parts of the cardamom field. The vessel should be kept open. This reportedly kills all the insects affecting cardamom. This mixture can be used for three days.