Fall Armyworm in Mon district: Agri alert?

Fall armyworm Infestation in Longching village under Mon district

Kohima, June 14 (NE): The infestation of fall armyworm has been reported in Nagaland which caused few damages to maize plants and other cultivation in certain parts of Nagaland.

There has been reports of Fall armyworm Infestation in Longching village under Mon district. This army of worm will have to be detected and killed when they are in their second stage i.e Larvae stage, the source said. Below image was taken on Friday.

(Fall armyworm Infestation in Longching village under Mon district)

The fall armyworm (FAW) (Spodoptera frugiperda) is a species in the order Lepidoptera and is the larval life stage of a fall armyworm moth. FAW is an exotic and invasive migratory pest. A voracious feeder, and the adult moth are capable of flying long distances to cover 100 Km in one night alone. In its lifetime, an adult can fly up to 300 miles. Their migration rate is remarkably fast that some scientists speculate that its fast migration is being aided by the movement of air. The female moth can lay up to 1500 egg in a single or in multiple clusters on maize or its host plants.

According to a report from DIPR, Last year 4470.17 ha. of Kharif maize was infested by FAW, however it was brought under control without causing any economic losses. This year infestation reports estimates to 2961.95 ha. Input support from the Agriculture Department has been dispatched to the affected areas. Human resource support from ATMA, KVKs, CIPMC and extension personnel of the Department are involved in the surveillance, monitoring and control operations.

In Nagaland, the first outbreak was reported in May, 2019. In India, for the first time it was reported during May 2018 in Karnataka and the pest was identified during June, 2018 and by July 2018 it subsequently spread out widely to the other states, DIPR reported.