Steps Being Taken to Control Spread of Fall Army Worm (Download PDF)


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The Department under Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare is taking several steps to control the spread of Fall Army Worm in the country. The term “armyworm” can be referred to several species with invasive behaviour on a massive scale at larval stage.

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The fall armyworm is regarded as a pest and can damage and destroy a wide variety of crops, which causes large economic damage.

The fall armyworm is widely distributed in Eastern and Central North America and in South America. It has been invasive in Africa since 2016.

On June 26th, 2019 IN Beijing (China) fall armyworm was founded in 19 provinces across 5 million mu or about 333,000 hectares of crops damaging hundreds of hectares of crops overnight.

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Controlling Fall Army Worm Spread

  • The infestation has been found primarily on maize and to a small extent on Ragi and Sorghum.

  • A detailed Package of Practices (POP) against FAW in Maize crop has been prepared by The Indian Council of Agriculture Research.

  • To control fall armyworm the Package of Practices, inter-alia, contains mechanical, cultural, biological and chemical measures.

  • Timely advisories are being issued regularly to State Departments of Agriculture to adopt preventive measures apart from the POP being circulated to all the States for its implementation.

  • To review the status and to recommend appropriate strategies, a High Power Committee (HPC) has been constituted, headed by the Secretary (DAC&FW) and Secretary (DARE).

  • Various Sub-Committees are constituted in the State of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar and Rajasthan States, which are headed by the Director/Commissioner of Agriculture/Principal Secretary of the respective State based on the recommendations of the Higher Power Committee.

  • The Central Integrated Pest Management Centres (CIPMCs) in collaboration with the State Department of Agriculture, SAUs and ICAR conducted several regular surveys, surveillance and monitoring. In order to promote cultural and farm practices awareness programmes were organized.

  • A wide scale production of certain effective Bio-control Agents against fall armyworm is being promoted.

States Affected

Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Tripura, Assam, Telangana, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Jharkhand, Maharashtra.

- Published/Last Modified on: August 24, 2019

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