Krishi VaartaOutlook Agriculture
Maize Cultivation of 1,409 Hectare Affected by Fall Army Worn
According to an official of the State Department of Agriculture, at least 1,409 hectares of maize cultivation in Mizoram are affected by insect attacks. The outbreak of the Fall Army Worn (FAW)' Spodoptera frugiperda' an insect has spread to all of the state's eight districts, triggering projected loss to Mizoram's Rs. 18.05 crore tune.
A state-level Fall Army Worm Rapid Response Team (RRT) was set up to defend the FAW outbreak while district agricultural officials were activated to act to mitigate crop loss and also launch an operation to contain the outbreak. Joint director of the state Agriculture department (crop husbandry) James Lalsiamliana has stated that chemical pesticides as well as organic ones were used to kill the worms in the maize fields.
On February 27th, the State Agriculture Department sent alerts to all District Agriculture Officers about the possibility of FAW incidence in the state after receiving warning from the Centre. The outbreak of the FAW was previously reported this year in adjoining Bangladesh and Myanmar. Experts said the FAW in many foods (polyphagous) is a lepidopteran pest feeding and eating leaves and stems of more than 80 species of plants.
Source - Outlook Agriculture, April 30, 2019
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