FAO+concerned+about+Sri+Lanka%2C+as+the+Fall+army+worm+infestation+spreads
Thursday, 24 January 2019 - 20:37
FAO concerned about Sri Lanka, as the Fall army worm infestation spreads
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Issuing a communiqué the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, the Fall Armyworm has been reported in all major maize growing areas in Sri Lanka and is also affecting sugarcane cultivation.

There is a growing concern that it may affect other crops, including rice.

In the absence of natural control or good management, the FAW can cause significant damage to crops and affect the livelihoods of farmers.

FAO remains committed to supporting the concerned national authorities to manage the pest and to protect the Sri Lankan farmer community’s livelihoods.

The Organization will continue to monitor the situation in Sri Lanka and provide any technical assistance/expertise requested by the Government.

Meanwhile, a species with a similar outer appearance to the fall army worm was found in the Manampitiya, Hakamana and Polonnaruwa areas. 

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