Secretary, Agriculture

 Mr.K.Theivendram

Secretary

Ministry of Agriculture, Agrarian Service, Animal Husbandry, Irrigation, Fisheries, Water Supply, Environment

No 655, Navalar Road,Jaffna

 

Tel: +94-21-2217303

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The Fall Army Worm (FAW) threat in the Northern Province

The Fall Army Worm (FAW) threat looms large in various parts in Sri Lanka. Provincial Director of Agriculture S.Sivakumar said that the farmers in Northern Province have also been affected by the attack of the FAW in their maize and cowpea cultivations. Initially, it attacked the maize crops and now spread over other crops too. The farmers have great difficulty in eradicating this invasive insect.

 According to the report of Provincial Department of Agriculture, Vavuniya district has been severely affected by these Sena caterpillars in maize cultivation. Jaffna District is the second most damaged district.

Provincial Director also said that various initiatives have been taken by the Provincial Department of Agriculture to prevent the spread of this worm with the support of central government Agriculture Department.

The report on the impact of the FAW published by the Provincial Agriculture Department as follows

 (1) Fall Army Worm Attack in Maize

District

AI Range

Damage Extent (ac)

100%

75%

50%

25%

Jaffna

Uduvil

-

-

-

0.50

 

Allaveddi

-

-

-

0.25

 

Nallur

-

-

-

0.25

 

Eluthumadduval

-

-

0.5

-

 

Chavakachcheri

-

-

01

-

 

Urumpirai

-

-

0.25

-

 

Thellipalai

-

50

-

-

 

Tholpuram

-

-

-

0.1

 

Kaithadi

-

-

-

0.1

 

Puttur

-

-

0.1

0

 

Velanai

-

-

0.1

0

Sub total

-

50

  1. 95
1.20 

Killinochchi

Kanesapuram

-

-

-

1.250

 

Punnaineeravi

-

-

-

1.875

 

Pallai

-

-

20

 

 

Ramanathapuram

-

-

-

1.25

Sub total

 

-

20

  1. 375

Mullaitivu

Alampil

-

-

6.25

-

 

Udaiyarkaddu

-

-

25

12.50

 

Puthukudierupu

-

-

20

-

 

Mulliyavalai

-

-

5

-

Sub total

 

-

56.25

 12.50

Mannar

Kankayankulam

-

-

12.5

-

 

Eranaielupaikulam

-

-

5

-

 

Ujilankulam

-

-

0.625

-

Sub total

-

-

  1. 125

 -

Vavuniya

Madukanda

-

-

15

10

 

Ulukkulam

12.5

10

22.5

55

 

IrraddaPeriyakulam

-

-

10

7.5

 

Cheddikulam

-

03

2

-

 

Kanagaragenkulam

-

-

-

-

 

Nedunkerny

-

-

-

-

 

Patkulam

4

-

2

-

 

Omanthai

-

-

-

-

 

Pampaimadu

-

-

-

0.25

 

Kovilkumam

-

-

-

-

Sub total

16.50

13

     51.50

 72.75

Total

16.50

63

147.825

 90.825

 (2) Fall Armyworm attack in Cowpea

District

AI Range

Damage Extent (ac)

100%

75%

50%

25%

Mannar

Uyilankulam

2.5

-

-

-