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FAW: Scientists, experts meet in Mnp

Correspondent IMPHAL, May 17 | Publish Date: 5/17/2019 11:15:44 AM IST

Agricultural scientists and experts from various places of the country met in a workshop in Imphal to find a scientific method to combat with Fall Armyworm (FAW).The invasive pest has caused extensive damages to maize crop in Mizoram and fast spreading in other parts of the Northeast state including Manipur.

According to the scientists and experts taking part in the two-day workshop on “Scientific Management of Fall Armyworm in Maize Production” held at ICAR Manipur Centre in Imphal, the pest had already damaged 80% of the total maize crop grown in Mizoram, an immediate neighbouring state of Manipur.
Among others, scientists and experts of the Indian Institute of Maize Resource, Ludhiana were also participating in the workshop hosted by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).
Taking part in the workshop, director of state agriculture department, Laltanpuii Vanchhong hoped that the workshop will come up with a new scientific method of combating the invasive pest which had already started infesting maize crop in some districts of the state.
She urged the scientists and experts in the field to share the new strategy to protect the maize crop with her department. She said, “Whenever a new strategy is formulated, I would like to request experts, scientists and everybody to kindly inform and consult with my department since it is the department combating the pest in the field,” the director said. “Combating the pest was a huge challenge for agriculture department. The department needs the help of scientists and experts,” she added. 
 Vanchhong informed that her department swung into action immediately after the detection of the FAW being infesting the maize crop in the state. Manipur centre of the ICAR was the first that alerted that farmers of the state that FAW has started infesting maize crop after they found the pest causing extensive damages at Chandonpokpi area of Chandel district in the first week of this current month May.
Later, state agriculture department detected the pest causing damages extensive damages in other districts like Churachandpur, Imphal West and Thoubal district too. Now, the pest has spread to Bishnupur, Imphal East and other districts of the state, the agriculture director said.  The state agriculture department has swung into action to check spread of FAW further in the state, she said.Staffs and officials of the department have been pressed to field with all available methods to combat further infestation by the invasive pest, she said.
Besides constituting joint action teams and surveillance teams to protect the maize crop, the teams were currently engaging in spraying “Emamectin benzoate” recommended by the farmer welfare department (plant protection) of Union ministry of agriculture and cooperation in combating the pest in the affected crops, she added.
However, she suggested that bio-pesticides would be the best for pesticide for eliminating the invasive pest. The department has been closely examining the infestation of maize crop by the invasive pest. 
The department has also opened helplines so that maize cultivators can contact if their crops are affected by FAW and appealed to maize growers of the state to closely examine their maize crop for any infestation, adding that if any pest or worm was found on their crop, they should contact the dedicated helplines opened by the department or consult with the officials of the Plant Health Clinic at the directorate of agriculture or concerned office of the district agriculture officers. “Farmers can avail the pesticide and other technical assistance if require free of cost,” she said.
Taking part in the workshop, ICAR scientist Dr Arti Ningombam said that the concerned was that FAW had done extensive damages in the neighbouring Mizoram state.

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