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Manchester and St Elizabeth losses to Beet Army Worm could top $100m – JAS

Published:Friday | May 5, 2017 | 1:20 PM
Beet Army Worm

Agriculture stakeholders are forecasting massive losses as a result of damage to crops caused by the invasion of the Beet Army Worm in mainly Manchester and St Elizabeth.

Norman Grant, the President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), says losses could top $100 million due to the severity of the damage to crops in these areas.


The Agriculture Ministry says surveillance by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) indicate a swell in the population of the Beet Army Worm.


It says over 150 acres of scallion, onion, tomato, cucumber, callaloo and beet have already been destroyed.

The Ministry has warned farmers to take the necessary precautions to minimise damage to crops.

Grant is suggesting that a combined effort among private sector agricultural companies, the JAS, RADA and the Agriculture Ministry should be launched to tackle the worm infestation.


President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society, Senator Norman Grant