First found in the Americas, fall armyworm has spread through Africa and Asia since 2016, with the moths flying up to 100 km a night. It can't be eradicated and its management is both costly and difficult. This poses a formidable challenge in China where about 90 per cent of crop production comes from small farms of less than a hectare.
America's corn, soy and wheat farmers are having a terrible year. Heavy rains and floods across the growing regions have destroyed crops, and farmers have missed planting windows. Last year's wet summer and snowy winter, along with this year's delayed spring and heavy rains, have ruined business for American grain farmers.
More and more it appears that tall, healthy corn won’t be part of the rural landscape here and in many parts of the continental United States this summer. Instead that familiar image of America’s idyllic countryside will give way to one of barren fields and overgrown weeds. That’s the sad assessment of some area farmers and agricultural experts who see no way out of a looming national crisis brought on by this year’s relentless spring rain.
Taiwan is on “high alert” for further damage by the fall armyworm, said Premier Su Tseng-chang on Tuesday, after the island reported its first sighting of the invasive pest in a corn field. The fall armyworm, which has spread rapidly across Asia in recent months, was found in Miaoli county on the island’s northwest coast on Saturday, said the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) in a statement on Monday.
U.S. corn planting has never been this late after storms battered the Great Plains and Midwest and kept farmers out of their fields. As of Sunday, only 49% was in the ground, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released Monday. That’s the slowest pace in records dating back to 1980. Last week, the most widely grown American crop was only the furthest behind in six years.
The level of the Missouri River was rising in the Jefferson City area Wednesday, and local farmers are getting concerned for their planting seasons. "We're at the time of year where it's time to start applying fertilizer and chemicals to get ready to plant corn," said Jay Fischer, a farmer in the Jefferson City area.
In the first phase compensation will be paid to 307 farmers, who lost 100 percent of cultivation in the Ampara District. Under this phase compensation will be paid for 167 hectares of crop damaged land. The Agriculture Insurance Board has decide to pay Rs. 40,000 per hectare and the government has allocated Rs. 250 million for this purpose.
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