Pest and disease management of cashew in India.
Stem and root borers (Plocaederus ferrugineus, P. obesus and Batocera rufomaculata), and tea mosquito bug (Helopeltis spp., predominantly H. antonii) are the major pests of cashew in India. For the effective management of cashew stem and root borers, the adoption of integrated management strategies, such as phytosanitation, proper surveillance, and mechanical control followed by post-treatment prophylactic chemical control, is suggested. Varietal manipulation and biological control are among the control measures that will help in the reduction of economic damage caused by tea mosquito bug. The control of various fungal diseases is also discussed.