Aklan corn farmer wary of fall armyworm attack

first_img“I believe typhoon Ursula in Decemberlast year has brought the presence of fall armyworm in my farm. The BPI hasalready provided me with some sprays. If left unchecked, this could propagateto vegetables and even palays,”he said. KALIBO, Aklan – A sweet corn farmer in thistown aired his concern about the presence of fall armyworms that could damagethe agricultural products in the province. The BPI personnel who visited Cesar’splace came from DA’s regional office in Iloilo. Cesar said they will study howto effectively eradicate the presence of fall armyworm here. Farmer Nestor Cesar shows sweet corn leaves partly eaten by fall armyworms at his farm in Barangay Mobo, Kalibo Aklan. JUN AGUIRRE/PN center_img Nestor Cesar, a corn farmer thatcurrently manages his seven hectares of farmlands in Barangay Mobo here, saidthat personnel of the Bureau of Plants and Industry (BPI), a government agencyunder the Department of Agriculture (DA) already visited his farm and confirmedthe presence of the armyworms. The fall armyworm is a species thatfalls in the order of Lepidoptera (order of insects that includes butterfliesand moths) and is the larval life stage of a fall armyworm moth. The term“armyworm” can refer to several species, often describing thelarge-scale invasive behavior of the species’ larval stage./PNlast_img

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