Experts assessment reveal that around 22 per cent of yield losses in major crops like Rice, Cotton, Groundnut, Sugarcane, Sorghum, Tomato, Chillies, Mango, Grapes, etc., can be attributed to insect pests.
It is estimated that annual crop losses could double without crop protection measures. Food crops compete with 30,000 species of weeds, 3,000 species of nematodes and 10,000 species of plant-eating insects.
Hence, there is need to reduce if not eliminate these losses by protecting the crops from different pests through appropriate techniques. Read more at Crop Protection