FAW Management approaches taught to the farmers by extension functionaries at Khensa Village, Mokokchung. (Photo Courtesy: ATMA Mokokchung)
Mokokchung, May 8 (MExN): With the incidence of the exotic Fall Army Worm pest in farmers’ fields, a triangulate team comprising of the District Agriculture Office, KVK and ATMA, Mokokchung have been ceaselessly and continuously visiting and monitoring fields in different villages under Mokokchung district.
“The pest was found to be at the larval stage feeding pre-dominantly on the inner whorls of the young maize plants of knee high plant height or shorter leading to almost 80-90 % destruction,” Neikhotuonuo District Agriculture Officer & PD ATMA, Mokokchung stated in a press release.
So far reports of FAW infestation is received from villages namely Yimchalu and Mopungchuket under Kobulong block, Khensa, Kinunger and Mangmetong under Ongpangkong South block, Ungma and Mokokchung Village under Ongpangkong North block only. The area of coverage by the pest varies from village to village ranging approximately between 0.5 Ha to 5 Ha.
Inputs such as Emmamectin Benzoate 5 % and IPM kits were distributed to the affected maize growing farmers. Additionally, Rodenticides (Roban Cake) were also distributed to cucumber growing farmers for rodent management in cucumber fields.
Research experts and extension functionaries have been working to further disseminate the FAW awareness and management advisories to the farmers through various extension media, he added.