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Fall Armyworm (FAW)

Posted on : 30 Jan 2020

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• It is an insect indigenous to the tropical and subtropical region of the Americas, has been spreading across the globe harming crops. • This lepidopteran pest feeds in large numbers on leaves and stems of more than 80 plant species causing major damage to economically important cultivated crops and grasses. • It primarily affects maize but can cause damage to other crops such as rice, sorghum and sugarcane, vegetable crops and cotton. • It migrated to Africa in 2016 and India in June 2018. • It has also spread to neighbouring countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Southern parts of China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Bangladesh. • The spread of FAW through the Indian subcontinent has been particularly fast. • In 2019, the pest has spread as far as Mizoram in the northeast, Uttar Pradesh in the north, Gujarat in the west, Chhattisgarh in central India, and several states in the south. • Four major organisations — USAID, International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRSAT), International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) and Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR) — have joined hands to prepare a strategy to address the issue.

Article Related Questions

  1. With reference to Fall Armyworm, consider the following statements
    1.It is an insect indigenous to the tropical and subtropical region of America.
    2.It feeds on the roots of the important cultivated crops and grasses.
    3.Maize, Rice and Sugarcane are major crops affected by this worm.
    Which of the above statements are correct?

  2. 1.1 and 2 only

    2.2 and 3 only

    3.1 and 3 only

    4.1, 2 and 3

    Right Ans : 1 and 3 only

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