Other names: Rai, Raya

Mustard is the second most important and most prominent winter oilseed crop of India. It is grown mainly in the northern plains of India with some cultivated area in the eastern geography as well. It belongs to the group Cruciferae, with several cousin species cultivated. The others crops under the ‘Rapeseed & Mustard’ category include Toria, Yellow Sarson, Brown Sarson, Gobhi Sarson or Canola and Black Mustard or Banarasi Rai. The small brown or yellow seeds contain up to 45 percent oil. The de-oiled cake is used as animal feed.

Problems faced by farmers

Some of the challenges faced by the Indian farmers are lack of quality seed, insect pests like aphids and saw fly which cause considerable losses and reduce the yields of mustard crop, fungal diseases like Sclerotinia stalk rot, Alternaria leaf blight & white rust, and weeds which cause significant damage if not controlled during the critical period of crop weed competition. Sometimes, the entire harvest can be lost. The harvest that does survive needs protection – which is why adequate storage is becoming more and more important.

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(From left to right) Symptoms of saw fly, symptoms of aphids pests, symptoms of orobanche / broomrape, symptoms of ‘sclerotinia stem rot’

Solutions we offer

Bayer offers farmers great value with a combination of seeds, crop protection, services and application technologies. The fungicide can be used to control major Mustard diseases –White Rust, Alternaria . For broad spectrum disease control, our integrated offers include the core brands Nativo®, Antracol® and Quintal® /Derosal® respectively.

To manage weeds, mainly Orobanche, mustard farmers remove it manually. To control insect pests like Aphids, Pod borer, Saw Fly etc., mustard farmers use Confidor®, Fame® and Decis®.


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