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RADA warns about increase in beet armyworms

Published:Tuesday | October 10, 2017 | 1:32 PM
A plant taken over by beet armyworms.

The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) is encouraging farmers in South Manchester and South Clarendon to step up their vigilance to protect their crops from beet armyworms.

RADA says conditions are favourable for an increase in the beet armyworm population at this time.

Farmers are therefore being urged to act early to prevent damage from the pest.

RADA says farmers should monitor scallion, onion and other crops at least twice per week so as to detect of egg sacs of the beet armyworm.

The authority is encouraging farmers to harvest all mature scallion.

It says installing pheromone traps, applying appropriate insecticides at the egg hatching stage and handpicking the pest are good strategies to minimise a spreading of the pest.