News By/Courtesy: Srinath Sambangi | 09 Aug 2018 22:31pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Indian Council for Agricultural Research has raised an alarm over the discovery of an agricultural pest named Fall Armyworm
  • It is a common maize pest found in North America and has also seen its spread in African crops.
  • The pest was discovered in Karnataka in the month of July of this year.

The Indian Council for Agricultural Research, an autonomous body responsible for agricultural education and research in India, has raised an alarm over the discovery of an agricultural pest named Fall Armyworm.  It is a common maize pest found in North America and has also seen its spread in African crops. The pest was discovered in crops in Karnataka in the month of July of this year and it also affects 100 different other crops as well. The nature of the pest makes it worrisome for agriculturalists as it is a fast-spreading pest and will affect the crops of the neighboring states of  Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu soon.

 This was discovered by Kalleshwara Swamy and Sharanbasappa, Entomologists noticed a spike in the pest infestation in the crops and originally suspected Northern Armyworm which is a common pest only through a further inspection they concluded that its Fall Armyworm through its distinctive genitalia.

 According to them, Insecticides is the first line of defense to control but there has to be a greater amount of effort put in order to completely control it. It is claimed that the experts are working on a solution to stop its spread before figuring out how to stop the pest.

Section Editor: Priyanshu Gupta | 09 Aug 2018 22:46pm IST


Tags : #India#Environment#Fall Armyworm#Foreign Pest Found

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