Recently the outbreak of Fall Armyworm has affected
maize cultivation in 122 villages of Mizoram.
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These flying insects arrived in India in July and have since spread to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar,
Thailand and China’s Yunnan province.
These insects feed mostly on maize and can feed on several species of crops, including rice and sugarcane.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has expressed concerns over the increasing menace of
Crop-damaging armyworms in Asia.
About Fall Armyworm:
The fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) is a species in the order of Lepidoptera and is the larval life stage of a fall armyworm moth.
The term “armyworm” can refer to several species, often describing the large-scale invasive behavior of the species’ larval stage.
It is regarded as a pest and can damage and destroy a wide variety of crops, which causes large economic damage.
Because of its propensity for destruction, the fall armyworm’s habits and possibilities for crop protection have been studied in depth.
Armyworms which are native to the Americas have been moving eastwards since 2016 sweeping across Africa where they caused $1-3 billion in damage, before arriving in Asia.ODISHA’S WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES RAVAGED
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