Sri Lanka’s king coconut are been attacked by those who love orange and yellow colors and as a result output can fall 40 percent. It is estimated 4.6 million palms are already infected in the Kegalle, Gampaha, and Colombo with lower levels of spread seen so far in Ratnapura, Galle, Kandy, and Kurunegala .
Standard coconut palms are also affected to a lesser extent.
“The white fly disease is a huge threat to the dollar income of the country. The king coconut harvest is declining, paving the way to lowering the number of king coconut exports.”
Chairman of the Coconut Development Authority Keerthi Sri Weerasinghe said.
The Coconut Research Institute recommends spraying a mixture of 10 milliliters Neem(Kohomba) oil and 5 milliliters of soap powder to contain the fly.