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Agri Ministry taking steps to control Beet Army Worm outbreak in Manchester and St Elizabeth

Published:Saturday | April 29, 2017 | 4:10 PM

The Agriculture Ministry is seeking to assure farmers that it is taking steps to monitor and control the recent outbreak of the Beet Army Worm Disease in the parishes of Manchester and St Elizabeth.

The ministry says it has taken note of the impact of the disease, especially on onion and scallion farmers in both parishes.

It says the Rural Agricultural Authority (RADA) has met with farmers in the affected areas and provided them with information to address the outbreak.

The ministry noted that with the warmer months approaching, conditions for the rapid build-up of the beet army worm are highly favourable.

As a result, it is appealing to affected farmers and other members of the public to join the fight against the disease by implementing the various mitigating measures.