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DA-9 warns farmers vs Fall Armyworms

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DIPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga del Norte, August 19, (PIA) – – – The Department of Agriculture (DA9) through its Regional Crop Protection Center (RCPC) has conducted series of awareness seminar on Fall Armyworm (FAW) in the Zamboanga Peninsula region recently.

DIPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga del Norte, August 19, (PIA) – – – The Department of Agriculture (DA9) through its Regional Crop Protection Center (RCPC) has conducted series of awareness seminar on Fall Armyworm (FAW) in the Zamboanga Peninsula region recently.

The Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), FAW is a dangerous transboundary pest native to the Americans and feeds on maize (corn), sorghum, rice, millet, sugarcane, cotton, potatoes, and other feed crops.

FAW has been spreading rapidly to all sub-regions of Africa since 2016, causing significant damage to crops. It hasalso spread across Asia since it was detected in southern India in 2018. Fields in Bangladesh, China, Myanmar, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand have also fallen victim of FAW. Early this year its presence has also been confirmed in Indonesia, affecting its corn crops.

 

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