Citizens asked to report on FAW attack

Citizens asked to report on FAW attack
Faw infestation (DIPR)
KOHIMA, MAY 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/14/2019 11:22:49 AM IST

Days after the state government directed all the departments to advise the district officials to take preventive measures against Fall Armyworm (FAW) attack on crops, the department of agriculture Tuesday informed the citizens to immediately report any such infestation to the nearest agriculture office for necessary advisory on FAW management, control and input support.

In a press release, director of agriculture stated that FAW infestation has been reported from the districts of Kohima, Kiphire and Wokha. 

FAW, an exotic and invasive caterpillar, is an insect native to sub-tropical and tropical region of America. It reached India in June 2018. FAW primarily affects Maize but also Rice, Millet, Sorghum, Sugarcane, Cotton and some vegetables.  The department informed that KVKs and ATMA along with agricultural extension functionaries were in action for scouting, surveillance and monitoring. 

It stated that effective chemical used at present was Emamectin Benzoate 5% SG/ (Trade name Elpida/Pocket/Benzo). Mix 5gm of Elpida/Pocket/Benzo in one litre of water and spray to the affected crop targeting the whorls. 150 litres of spray solution is required to cover an area of 1 ha. Chemical control measures are the key to manage FAW when the infestation reaches 20% of infestation, the department stated.

For low infestation areas, it stated that Azadirachtin (Neem Oil) and enthomo pathogenic fungi (Metarhizium anisopliae) was available with the department. Agriculture department has advised judicious application of pesticide to avoid environmental pollution.

The department said it organized FAW campaign at Sakhabama, Kohima district on May 11, 2019. It said Kohima district farmers were effectively working on mechanical control alongside pesticide which is recommended. The department has extended appreciation to the farming community of the area for their effort to contain this pest on time. 

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