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
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