The Occurrence of Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) in Indonesia

Publication Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2019, 23:58

Last Updated: July 11, 2019, 11:58 p.m.

Report Number: IDN-04/1

Country: Indonesia

Pest Id: Spodoptera frugiperda - (LAPHFR)

Report Status: Final

Hosts: Corn

Pest Status

  • Present: only in some areas

Geographical Distribution

Sumatera, Java, Kalimantan

Summary

Fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, is not Indonesia’s regulated pest although it considered as invasive pest. The pest was first reported in West Sumatera in corn field during MoA surveillance on April 2019. The occurence of S. frugiperda was noticed particularly on young crops in several locations in West Sumatera. It severely attack the foliage of corn and often leaving only the ribs and stalks of corn. The pest considered to be important threat followed by its reports in other Provinces in Sumatera Island, even in Java (West Java, Banten, and Central Java) and Kalimantan (North Kalimantan and East Kalimantan). S. frugiperda also emerged as a serious threat to a number of crops such as rice, sugarcane, cotton, and ornamental plants. Currently the Ministry of Agriculture is conducting the official control S. frugiperda. Pest surveillance and public awareness through multiple media are the strategies to reduce the spread and damage of this pest in many areas. The pesticidal treatment may reduce its population in the fields but registered insecticide is unavailable. For long term period, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the best approach to control S. frugiperda with the least possible hazard to people and environment. This management relies on a combination of several common-senses practices, including culture practices and biological control. However, the study of bioecology of S. frugiperda by MoA and many universities is still on progress.