The National Plant Protection Centre (NPPC) under the Department of Agriculture, MoAF, would like to request all stakeholders to heighten vigilance for any armyworm like activity in the field. With the onset of spring, heavy rains followed by warm and dry weather conditions can greatly favor the development of this pest leading to an outbreak. We would therefore like to reiterate to you all to frequently monitor the activity of this pest in the field. The early detection of the pest is important to help initiate early management strategies and prevent damage at the initial stages of an outbreak.
Please advocate frequent monitoring in areas where crops have reached the susceptible stages such as the seedling and/or the vegetative stage, especially in crops such as paddy and maize. Please contact the Regional Plant Protection officers or NPPC if you require any technical and/or plant protection input support to manage an outbreak in the field. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.
Regional Plant Protection Officers NPPC
ARDC Wengkhar- Pempa L. Lepcha- 77485075 Ugyen Dema- 17793667
ARDC Samtenling- CM Dhimal- 17976283
Ratu Kinley- 17316511
ARDC Bajo- Ugyen Dorji -17690696