Other Plant Disease — Pakistan
Fungus attacks on gourd family crops hit Sindh farmers hard. Increasing salinity, extreme heat, and mysterious diseases together have made farmers reluctant to cultivate this crop. Many farmers say that mysterious “virus” [see comment below] destroys plant and product. Farmers in a coastal region of Thatta district [Sindh] have also witnessed the same problem of “virus” attacks on melon crop. Some have tried to use pesticides, but in vain.
Prof Ismail Kumbhar, Sindh Agriculture University