Greenhouse pepper growers in Tokat, Turkey cannot solve root collar rot problem

Greenhouse producers in Tokat suffer financial damage due to the disease called root collar rot. Greenhouse producers cannot find a solution to the disease, which is thought to come into plants through water. While the drugs used against the disease are not effective, it is thought that the disease infects plants in different ways, such as from canals and well water. While this disease causes growers to lose 80% of the peppers in their greenhouses, it causes a loss of 1.200 USD per 1,000 square meters of the greenhouse. Producers who cannot prevent the disease stop pepper production in their greenhouses and switch to tomato production.

Stating that they could not find a solution to the disease, the owner of the greenhouse, Medet Dogan, said, "I have been producing peppers for two years. This greenhouse is a greenhouse built for the pepper project. Unfortunately, when we plant peppers here, unfortunately, the pepper we planted also has a disease called root collar rot. It is thought that the disease comes from water. We do not have a chance to produce pepper when we irrigate from the canals and the wells in Niksar. Pepper is a sensitive product compared to other plants. When plants get sick, we experience a loss of 80% in the greenhouse. My loss here is 1.200 USD per 1,000 square meters of the greenhouse. Afterward, we will plant another crop here. It means that this year I will not be making any profits from this land, and at best, I would be hoping to break even for the year. We experienced the same problem in the other greenhouse last year. We stopped planting peppers from there and returned to tomato planting. There are many drugs for this disease, but although I am using them, we could not solve the disease in this region. When we use chemicals continuously to solve the problem, the costs increase, and the plant becomes resistant to the chemicals, and the chemicals become ineffective."

Source: Son Dakika

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