Farmers warned to expect massive hatching of beet armyworms within days
The Agriculture Ministry is reporting that data from the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) has indicated that there has been a significant increase in the population of the beet armyworm in sections of the island.
South St Elizabeth, South Manchester and their environs are the worse affected.
The Ministry says the findings from RADA indicate that within one to three days there will be a massive hatching of young worms in fields.
As a result, farmers are being urged to intensify the monitoring of scallion, onion and other crops at least twice per week or every three days.
They are further being advised to spray their crops with approved insecticides.
It says digging trenches around the field can be an effective method in preventing migration of mature worms from field to field.
Farmers are also being urged to refrain from leaving mature scallion in the field so as to avoid providing a foot source for the beet armyworm.