Other Plant Disease — India
Apple growers in Himachal Pradesh face the onslaught of scab disease, which struck the state after nearly 4 decades [this is incorrect, see comment below]. It is rapidly deteriorating production. The highly infectious disease is spreading through the high-yielding belt. Prices have already doubled in local markets.
The quality deteriorates in a few days, rendering all the produce in the orchard useless. According to officials of the national horticulture department, the fungal infection has