Fall armyworms spread into Hualien

COUNTERMEASURES: Specialists leveled and buried affected crops at several farms in the county and set up pheromone traps to prevent the infestation from growing

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 15, 20190
By:: Wang Chun-chi  /  Staff reporter

With Hualien County yesterday becoming the latest area to be affected by fall armyworms that have been

Staff from the Taitung County Government Agriculture Department, the Taitung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station and the Luye Township Office destroy a corn field affected by fall armyworms in Luye yesterday.
Photo: Wang Hsiu-ting, Taipei Times

wreaking havoc on the nation’s farms, Kaohsiung as well as Nantou and Pingtung counties were the only areas still free of the pest, the Council of Agriculture said.

Thirty-nine fall armyworm sightings have been reported nationwide since Thursday, when the council asked local governments to check for the pest, Council of Agriculture Deputy Minister Chen Junne-jih (陳駿季) said.

The moths likely flew across the Taiwan Strait from China, propelled by a southwesterly airstream, as their spread seemed sporadic rather than originating from a single location, he said.

As of press time last night, Kaohsiung, Nantou and Pingtung remained the only areas that had not been affected, council data showed.    [FULL  STORY]

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