Stem borers are the most serious maize pests that damage the crop and
reduce the yield considerably. Somabhai (50), an illiterate but creative
farmer from Sabarkantha, has developed an herbal formulation to control
the stem borer.
He uses the leaves of a local plant along with the leaves of neem and
onion to prepare the formulation, which is sprayed at noon from the top
of the plant. The formulation was tested against maize stem borer in
Sadbhav SRISTI Sanshodhan Laboratory, Ahmedabad. It was observed
that the formulation was effective in controlling the problem upto 55-60
per cent. SRISTI also conducted on-farm experimentation in farmers’
fields at Gandhinagar & Ahmedabad districts of Gujarat where also the
formulation showed significant control over the problem.
NIF has filed a patent for the technology in the innovator’s name.;