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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 4, Issue 2, 2012 pp 104-105

Research Article

Control of rat population through Bhelwa oil in Panch -Pargana area of Jharkhand

Srivastava AK1* and Sudhanshu Kumar2†

1Head, Dept of botany, St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi (Jharkhand) INDIA.

2Department of  Botany, P.P.K.College ,Bundu, Ranchi (Jharkhand) INDIA.

Academic Editor:  Dr. Aher K. R.


Rat has always been a problem for agricultural fields. Farmers of Jharkhand are always troubled by these rodents who damage grains in fields or in store. The cost of various chemicals to kill or repel rat is beyond the affordable limit of the poor tribal farmers in Jharkhand. Farmers of Panch-Pargana area of Jharkhand  have developed an indigenous way to get rid of rats from their fields and prevent damage caused by them below economic injury level.  Bhelwa (Semicarpus anacardium) seed oil is used  for this purpose. Though the  practice is quite old and time tested it is still  not known to modern scientific world. The aim of this communication is to study the detailed method of rat population management through the Bhelwa seed oil.