Fall Armyworm outbreak reported in 3 districts

Fall Armyworm outbreak  reported in 3 districts

Dimapur, May 14: Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) outbreak has been reported from Kohima, Kiphire and Wokha districts in Nagaland.
This was revealed by the State Agriculture Department in a press release today.
Fall Armyworm is an exotic and invasive caterpillar which primarily affects maize but also rice, millet, sorghum, sugarcane, cotton and some vegetables.
In the larval stage, the insect causes damage to crops, feeding on more than 80 plant species. The moth can fly up to 100 km per night and female moth can lay up to a total of 1000 eggs in her lifetime, State Director of Agriculture said, adding management strategies issued by ICAR scientist is followed for FAW control in India.
The Director requested that any report on FAW should be immediately reported to the nearest Department of Agriculture office for necessary advisory on FAW management, control and input support.
KVKs and ATMA along with agricultural extension functionaries are in action for scouting, surveillance and monitoring, he informed.
For chemical control the infestation, the effective chemical used at present is Emamectin Benzoate 5% SG/ (trade name Elpida/Pocket/Benzo). 5gm of Elpida/Pocket/Benzo is mixed in 1 litre of water and sprayed to the affected crop targeting the whorls. 150 litres of spray solution is required to cover an area of 1 ham the director informed.
Chemical control measures are the key to manage FAW when the infestation reaches 20% of infestation. For low infestation areas Azadirachtin (Neem Oil) and enthomo pathogenic fungi (Metarhizium anisopliae) is available with the Department, the Director stated while advising judicious application of pesticide to avoid environmental pollution.
The department of agriculture has organized FAW campaign at Sakhabama, Kohima District on May 11. Kohima District farmers are effectively working on mechanical control alongside pesticide which is recommended, he said.
Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture has extended appreciation to the farming community of this area for their effort to contain this pest on time.
(Page News Service)