Govt issues Fall Armyworm alert in State

Govt issues Fall Armyworm alert in State
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Dimapur, May 10: In view of the recent attack of caterpillar by the name of Fall Armyworm in the State of Manipur and Mizoram and in some parts of Kohima and the devastation caused by the attack on agricultural crops, the Government of Nagaland has directed all departments to advise district officials to take preventive measures and be prepared for such eventualities.
Fall armyworm is an invasive pest damaging the entire field within few days of its infestation. Fall armyworm is an exotic pest and can feed on 80 different crops, but the main impact is on maize crop.
In an office memorandum, APC & Principal Secretary Agriculture, T. Imkonglemba Ao also requested the departments to take all measure to eradicate the pest in places where it has already been infested.
Another release from the Department of Agriculture stated that the fall armyworm infestation has been reported from Kohima district on maize crop cultivation.
The Department requested the DAOs of the district to immediately start with monitoring, surveillance and pest scouting for immediate control measures. The important steps to be taken into account are timely application of plant protection measures to avoid spreading, creation of awareness to the stake holders and management strategies at community level.
For input support the Directorate of Agriculture can provide Azadirachtin for First Window (seedling to early whorl stage), Emamectin benzoote for Second Window (mid whorl to late whorl stage).
The package of practices on management strategies will also be uploaded in the NeGPA website (Naga Farm Doctor App).
(Page News Service)