Papaw crop dying
By Stanley Samarasinghe
A deadly bug attack and warmer temperature from
changing climate has wiped out much of the country’s
papaw cultivation this year. The result has been the
skyrocketing of the price of this popular fruit from
Rs. 30-35 per kilo two months ago to Rs. 100 a kilo
According to agricultural officers the mealy bug,
which has attacked even other cultivation, is a
white insect which spreads over leaves and smothers
the growth tree. On the other hand the increase in
the temperature directly affects the papaw flower.
It is believed the mealy bug has come into the
country form the imported varieties of papaw.