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Peach Rot Disease Prevalence in the Markets of Federal Capital Territory, Pakistan

Peach Rot Disease Prevalence in the Markets of Federal Capital Territory, Pakistan

Zia-Ur-Rehman1, Faisal Sohail Fateh2*, Humayun Saleem1 and Muhammad Abu Bakar Siddique1 

1Plant Pathology, Department of Agriculture, College of Agriculture, University of Sargodha, Pakistan; 2National Agricultural Research Centre, Islamabad, Pakistan. 


Peach (Prunus persica L.) after plum is a major stone fruit in Pakistan. It belongs to the Rosaceae family. In Pakistan, peach with production of 72536 tonnes is grown on an area of 14350 hectares. A variety of diseases infect the peach tree. Among these diseases, brown rot disease is very important that reduces yields primarily by decaying the fruits on the tree and after harvest. A preliminary study was designed to see the prevalence, incidence and severity of peach rot disease in the markets of Federal Territories of Islamabad to estimate the intensity of the disease by calculating the disease index. The prevalence of disease was 100% in all markets of Khanna Pul, Burma Chowk, Taramri, NIH Market, Chatha Bakhtawar, I-8, I-10/2, I-10 (Markaz), Sabzi Mandi, I-9. Maximum Mean Disease Index 77.78% was found in the market of Khanna Pul which supplies the fruits to high class, middle class and poor class families. But the study reveals the importance of post-harvest handling of the peach till it reaches to the consumers. 


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Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Research


Vol. 33, Iss. 4, Pages 692-956

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