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No new beet armyworm outbreak, says Agriculture Ministry

Published:Saturday | October 21, 2017 | 6:50 AM
A farmer shows the Beat armyworm in a piece of scallion.

The Agriculture Ministry says there is no new beet armyworm outbreak, but the potential for rapid increase in population exists.

The pest has been an ongoing problem for scallion and onion farmers, especially in Southern Manchester and St Elizabeth.

In a statement this afternoon, the ministry said its pest surveillance data indicate that the population of the beet armyworm remains low in St Elizabeth.

However, it says there are instances of increases in the pest in some fields in New Forest, Manchester, which has resulted in crop damage.

According to the ministry, the elevated population is due to poor management by farmers.

It says this poses a threat to neighbouring fields and requires immediate intervention.

The agriculture ministry is urging farmers to intensify the monitoring of their fields for the beet armyworm and implement measures to minimise their presence.