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Introduction to Rodent Management

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Introduction to Rodent Management

  • In Paddy, besides pests and diseases rodents are also causing severe damage pertaining to yield losses ranging from 0.44 to 90 percent.
  • In some severe infested fields due to rodents even 95 percent yield loss also recorded where farmers abounded the crop without harvesting.  
  • Out of 12 sps of field damaging Rodents identified, only 2 sps of rodents cause damage to rice,
  • a) The Lesser Bandicoot-Bandicota bengalensis
  • b) The Field Mouse ,Mus booduga
  • Out of these two, the Bandicoot Rodent has spread all through the country and has capacity of breeding throughout the year and in abnormal reproduction increases their litter size double the home range (12-22 young ones in one delivery).
  • If this rodent is managed the damage of rodents to paddy will be controlled up to 90%.
  • The field mouse causes only 10% damage.
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RARS - Warangal
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RARS- Warangal
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