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Scientists visit of fall armyworm affected maize fields

Solan, July 28(UNI)The Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), an economically crucial polyphagous insect pest native to tropical and subtropical regions of America has been reported for the first time in the maize growing areas of Kunihar block, district Solan, causing damage to the crop.
As the incidence of this pest in Kunihar block was reported in to affect an area of almost 50 hectare, Dr. Manoj Sharma, Subject Matter Specialist (Agri.), approached Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK), Solan visited for providing necessary scientific advisories to the farmers.
After this, Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni’s Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Solan, quickly swung into action. Dr DP Sharma, in-charge of KVK Solan constituted a team of scientists including Dr Arti Shukla (Scientist, Pathology), Dr Bunty Shylla (Scientist, Fruit Science) and Dr Anurag Sharma (Scientist, Entomology) for the field visits to provide solution to this problem. The constituted team visited Nagar, Dumehar, Karali, Sarli villages of Kunihar block last week. On enquiring, the farmers informed that they are using various chemicals like chlorpyriphos, cypermethrin etc. for the control of the insect-pest, but no control has been observed.
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