14 March 2019
A two-day workshop on mitigation the spread of a new agricultural pest in Myanmar commenced in Nay Pyi Taw on Thursday.
The Fall Armyworm, which was found in Myanmar for the first time in last January, has the potential to dramatically reduce maize crop production. Eight experts from Michigan State University discussed with the agribusiness representatives, NGO's, CSOs, and the government officials for the mitigation strategies to the control the new pest with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
This is part of approximately 120 million US Dollars each year the United States provides in bilateral assistance to support greater prosperity and peace in Myanmar.
Earlier this week, the Michigan State team and officials from the Plant Protection Division and Department of Agricultural Research under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation conducted field assessments with farmers whose crops have been hardest hit by Fall Armyworm in the Nyaungdone, Danuphyu, and Hintada townships of the Delta area.
USAID has also created a short educational video to inform farmers about how to look for and identify the pest among their crops, and is distributing the video to farmers through social media and Department of Agriculture Extension Services.
Within the last year, the Fall Armyworm was found in other countries in the region, including Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. USAID is also supporting regional efforts to coordinate planning to sustainably control Fall Armyworm and minimize its impact on rural maize farmers.