Issue Date: Nov 30, 2011
JUST when India thought it would be able to get a big chunk of the global walnut market and began planning towards it, a rare fungus started playing spoilsport. Plant pathologists have isolated the fungus from walnut nurseries in the country for the first time. So far Italy and Argentina have reported sporadic occurrences of the infection in walnut nurseries in 1999 and 2004, respectively. Little research has been done on how to combat the fungus, which kills seedlings within a month of infection. Unless India acts fast, analysts say, it might hit the country’s burgeoning walnut industry. With a 50 per cent rise in production over the previous year, India is all set to be one of the world’s top 10 walnut exporters in the next few years from being the 12th largest exporter.
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