Motihari: The fear of fall armyworm (FAW) spread all across the country that has already started impacting the Kharif maize crop for which entities involved in creating awareness among the farmers have urged that the pesticides and safety kits used in containing the pest be exempted from GST.
The infestation by FAW has been turned severe this year and all private and public sector entities are being engaged in creating awareness among the farmers early in the crop cycle to contain the impact.
FAW was first tracked in July last year in Karnataka. It has rapidly spread to most of the South Indian state, including Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Central India, including Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and the North-East region.
A special task force has been formed by the Centre to look into the matter. The Union Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, has recommended three chemicals for control of this pest – Spinetoram 11.7% SC, Chlorantraniliprol 18.5% SC, and Thiamethoxam.