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Sun, 26 May 2019

Northeast Today

Fall Army Worm infestation reaches Dimapur, Agri Dept conducts pest scouting

Fall Army Worm infestation reaches Dimapur, Agri Dept conducts pest scouting
May 17
12:04 2019

NET Bureau

A joint team comprising of staff from the Central Integrated Pest Management Centre (CIPMC), Dimapur, under the Directorate of Plant Protection Quarantine & Storage, Faridabad and District Agriculture Office, Dimapur visited the maize fields in and around Dimapur Sadar and conducted surveillance and pest scouting on May 16.
The surveillance was conducted following reports of incidence and damage caused by Fall Army Worm (FAW) on maize crops within Dimapur district.
A press note from the District Agriculture Office (DAO) Dimapur informed that the standing crop of matured maize had escaped the FAW attack but those in the seedling and whorl stage were being damaged and infested with FAW.

The team interacted with the farmers and suggested various control measures and also released Reduviid bugs in some fields as bio-control measures. “The team will continue to supervise and monitor the spread of FAW pest to other crops and assist the farmers in its prevention,” it added.
The Nagaland State Government had last week advised district officials to take preventive measures in view of the recent outbreak of Fall Armyworm caterpillars devastating agricultural crops in the states of Mizoram, Manipur and some parts of Kohima.
Fall Armyworm (FAW) is an invasive insect indigenous to the Americas and has been spreading across the globe harming crops. It migrated to Africa in 2016 and India in June 2018. The pests are estimated to have cost damage amounting to around 3.5 billion dollars worldwide in 2017-18.
In Mizoram, it is reported that the pests have caused losses of about Rs 20 crore, affecting 1747.9 hectares of Maize cultivation in 122 villages. As it caused havoc in Mizoram, the invasive insects made their way to parts of Manipur with the worst affected areas of the state being Churachandpur, Kanglatombi-Charhajare, Imphal West, Chandel, Kakching, Thoubal and Kangpokpi district.
In large numbers, the pests attack the leaves and stems of more than 80 plant species, many of which are economically important crops such as maize, rice, sorghum and sugarcane, vegetable crops and cotton.

Source: The Morung Express

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