Additional sightings of fall armyworms reported

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 17, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA

More reports of fall armyworm sightings have been received from across Taiwan, the Council of Agriculture said

An excavator digs up a cornfield in Changhua County’s Homei Township yesterday after fall armyworms were reported in it.
Photo: Tang Shih-ming, Taipei Times

yesterday as it stepped up efforts to eliminate the moth larvae.

As of 11am yesterday, 65 sightings had been reported nationwide since the first case was confirmed on Monday last week, up by 13 from a day earlier, officials from a council task force told a news conference.

The sightings, which were all of the larval form of the crop-destroying pest, have been reported in 17 of the nation’s 22 administrative areas, and the larvae were destroyed and buried in 28 of the cases, the officials said.

Only Keelung, Kaohsiung, Hsinchu City, Chiayi City and Nantou County have not reported sightings of fall armyworms, which authorities suspect rode air currents from China or Vietnam to Taiwan.

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