Asia: Armyworm Infestation - 2018-2019Alert
The Fall Armyworm (FAW) or Spodoptera frugiperda has been reported in all major maize growing areas in Sri Lanka and is also affecting sugarcane cultivation. There is a growing concern that it may affect other crops, including rice. Native to the Americas, FAW was first detected in Central and Western Africa in early 2016 and quickly spread across virtually all of Sub-Saharan Africa. In July 2018, it was confirmed in India in Karnataka state and since then it has been found in seven other States including in Tamil Nadu. (FAO, 24 Jan 2019)
By January of this year, it had spread to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and China’s Yunnan Province. In the case of Sri Lanka, there were reports that up to 40 000 hectares had been infested, damaging some 20 percent of its crops. China is the biggest maize producer in Asia, and second largest producer globally. While economic losses there and in the other Asian countries have not yet been tallied, estimates of economic damage from FAW in Africa ranged from US$ 1-3 billion. In response to the sudden onset of FAW in Asia, FAO is convening a meeting of officials from the affected countries, as well as experts who’ve been tackling the fallout of FAW in Africa and Latin America – and who have been learning ways to limit the damage. (FAO, 20 Mar 2019)
Most read reports
- FAO: FAO Early Warning Early Action report on food security and agriculture (April - June 2019). 12 Apr 2019
- Times of India: Maize farmers advised to go for summer ploughing to avert fall armyworm attack. 10 May 2019
- CGIAR: Representatives from eight Asian countries meet in Hyderabad to tackle fall armyworm. 2 May 2019
- US DOS: U.S. and Myanmar Teams Work to Control New Agricultural Pest [EN/MY]. 22 Mar 2019
- FAO: Map of areas affected by Fall Armyworm in Africa and Asia. 22 Apr 2019
Trichy: The agriculture department in Trichy has asked farmers, who take up maize cultivation, to adopt various methods to save their crop from being attacked by armyworm. Maize crop, cultivated on thousands of acres in Trichy last year, was destroyed by the worm leaving hundreds of farmers worried.
**Hyderabad, May 1, 2019: **Over 100 participants from eight South and South-East Asian countries attended today the “Regional Workshop on Fall Armyworm Management in Asia” organized in Hyderabad. ** **The Fall Armyworm (FAW) is one of the most destructive crop pests and has invaded crops in India and other countries in the region including Bangladesh, Thailand, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.
The Early Warning Early Action (EWEA) report on food security and agriculture is produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). It provides a quarterly forward-looking analysis of major disaster risks to food security and agriculture, specifically highlighting:
• potential new emergencies resulting from imminent disaster threats
• new developments in countries already affected by protracted crises which are likely to cause a further deterioration of food insecurity
Mr. P. Harrison, Minister of Agriculture, Rural Economic Affairs, Livestock Development, Irrigation, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development attending a ceremony to hand over Letters of Appointment to Board Members of the Mahaweli Livestock Venture and poultry Development Company, stated that any farmer affected due to Fall Armyworm Menace who have been suffered any injustice in receiving compensation could appeal now.
The first stage of granting compensation to farmers affected due to Fall Army warm menace was commenced from Ampara District and granting of compensation to farmers in Anuradhapura was held today (15) at the District secretariat Auditorium, Anuradhapura chaired by P.Harrison ,Minister of Agriculture, Rural Economic Affairs, Livestock Development, Irrigation and Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development.
NAY PYI TAW – U.S.-based agricultural experts are in Myanmar this week working with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation (MOALI) and farming communities to mitigate the spread of a new agricultural pest called Fall Armyworm, which has the potential to dramatically reduce maize crop production in Myanmar. Today, the U.S.
UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization warns pest is “here to stay” – but it can be managed to limit damage
20/03/2019 Bangkok, Thailand An insect that can infest and damage hundreds of hectares of maize fields, literally overnight, is sweeping across Asia – alarming smallholder farmers and threatening livelihoods – but the damage can be limited, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today.
Venu Lanka | TNN | Feb 5, 2019, 23:34 IST
Vijayawada: Farmers in West Krishna and Tiruvuru regions are facing problems to cultivate corns in Rabi season as fall armyworms are damaging their crops. Losing the crops in an early stage, farmers are seeking help from the district administration.
In the uplands of Krishna district, the farmers cultivate corns along with cotton and they have to spend a huge amount on the cultivation due to the scant rainfall.
Colombo - The Fall Armyworm (FAW) or Spodoptera frugiperda has been reported in all major maize growing areas in Sri Lanka and is also affecting sugarcane cultivation. There is a growing concern that it may affect other crops, including rice.
Coimbatore: Farmers cultivating maize in Coimbatore and surrounding districts had to face a new problem last June - fall armyworm (spodoptera frugiperda). The insect, an invasive species native to the tropical and sub-tropical Americas that feeds voraciously on growing maize crops at its larva stage, had wreaked havoc in maize plantations.
Trichy: The district administration has taken a special initiative to get compensation for the farmers, who lost their standing maize crop cultivated on 38,258 acres due to Fall Armyworm attack in Trichy district, said collector K Rajamani to the farmers at the monthly grievance day meeting held here on Friday.
U Sudhakar Reddy | TNN | Updated: Dec 30, 2018, 09:15 IST
HYDERABAD: Fall Armyworm (FAW), an invasive crop-eating pest, has affected thousands of hectares of maize crop across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh during the Kharif and Rabi seasons. It has also hit crops in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal. This American pest had wreaked havoc in African countries, leading to food shortage and drop in production. Officials are citing the pest as the reason behind food shortage in Rayalaseema.
Sandeep Moudgal | TNN
BENGALURU: While several districts in Karnataka are reeling under flood-like situation due to heavy rain and discharge from dams, farmers in Chikkaballapura and Tumakuru are thanking the gods for deficit rain in their districts. Not for the lack of water, but for entirely different reasons.
FAO offers its expertise to farmers and governments in Asia on best ways to manage the invasive pest
14 August 2018, Rome/Bangkok - Fall Armyworm could threaten the food security and livelihoods of millions of small-scale farmers in Asia as the invasive crop-eating pest is highly likely to spread further from India, with South East Asia and South China most at risk, FAO warned today.
Voracious caterpillar that cost Africa billions of pounds in lost crops now threatens food security across Asia, scientists warn
A crop-chomping caterpillar that has devastated food stocks across Africa has now arrived in southern India, and scientists warn the insect could spread throughout Asia to become a major threat to global food security.