Increase in Beet Armyworm in St Elizabeth, Manchester
The Agriculture Ministry says there has been an increase in the Beet Armyworm population in sections of Manchester and St Elizabeth.
According to the Rural Agriculture Development Authority (RADA), the Beet Armyworm is an insect pest which affects a large number of crops.
The agriculture ministry says the increase was confirmed by the latest assessment that was conducted by RADA and the Bodles Research Station earlier this month.
Malvern and Junction, in St Elizabeth, and Southfield, in Manchester, are among the worst affected communities, ministry said.
In addition, it says the communities of Cross Keys, New Port, New Forest and Pedro Plain, in Manchester, should be closely monitored as conditions are also favourable for increase of Beet Armyworm
As a result, the ministry is appealing to farmers in these communities to take immediate steps to manage the Beet Armyworm to prevent further increases, noting that the increased rainfall and other favourable conditions support the rapid growth of scallion and other food sources.
The ministry says among other things farmers can harvest mature produce and remove crop waste from their fields after stripping to mitigate further development of Beet Armyworm.