‘Fall Army Worm’ Attack Caused Rs 20 Crore Crop Loss: Mizoram Tells Centre

Guwahati, May 7, 2019

The Mizoram government has informed the Centre about an estimated crop loss of Rs 20 crore caused by an outbreak of the ‘Fall Army Worm’ (FAW) in the state.

Mizoram Agriculture minister C Lalrinsanga informed that the outbreak caused by Spodoptera Frugiperda, an insect, has affected maize cultivation in 1,747.9 hectares in 122 villages.

To monitor and mitigate the loss of crops, the Mizoram government has constituted a Rapid Response Team. The outbreak which was first detected in Lunglei district on March 8th, 2019.

The FAW outbreak was reported in neighbouring Bangladesh and Myanmar early this year. In nine months, the pest has spread to 10 Indian states causing widespread crop damage.