Thousands of farmers in Meru county are counting huge losses as desert locusts are ravaging their farms daily. The locusts come at a time when most of the produce grown in eastern Kenya is ready to be harvested. These farmers are among hundreds of thousands from 14 other Kenyan counties who are affected by a second wave of the locust plague that is two times deadlier than the one that hit Kenya in 2020.
Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists have declared war on the fall armyworm. Greg Sword, Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Entomology professor, has received $499,000 to determine fall armyworm behaviors and genomic traits that could aid in controlling the agricultural pests.
Thousands of onions planted on 1,500 hectares of farmland in Bayambang, Pangasinan province, were destroyed after armyworms attacked, a local media reported today. About 66 villages were affected by the pest. The local government will use its calamity fund to help the 1,400 farmers whose livelihoods were impacted by what occurred.
Thanks to bountiful crop-growing conditions over the past 12 months, NSW’s mouse population has grown to plague proportions not seen since the infestation of 2011, which cost farmers more than $200 million. Although consistent rainfall is usually a cause for celebration in NSW, CSIRO researcher Steve Henry said this year’s moist season had created perfect mouse-breeding conditions.
The head of the national offensive against the spread of the world's worst fruit pest, Queensland fruit fly, has admitted it may not be possible to save all areas. Lloyd Klumpp, chair of the National Fruit Fly Council, said experts were debating whether it was possible to maintain pest-free status of all the fruit-growing areas in all states.
Armyworms have damaged crops on at least 700 hectares of onion farms in Pangasinan province, which has resulted in reduced production and prices going up since last month. While the extent of the damage had yet to be determined, farm gate price of onions rose from P40 a kilo in December 2020 to P45 a kilo this month.
The locusts invading East Africa last year ravaged crops and pastures and drove the levels of hunger and economic hardship higher in parts of the region. One year later, right at the start of 2021, the United Nations has warned that a second and maybe even deadlier return of locusts has already begun.
Following the discovery of Queensland fruit fly larvae in backyard fruit trees, an official QFF outbreak has been declared in Renmark West. A 15-kilometer suspension area has been established around the detection point. This outbreak has no impact on the fruit fly free status for the rest of the Riverland Pest Free Area or the State.
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