The Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office-Cordillera through the Corn and Cassava Banner Program are set to deliver various fall army worm (FAW) control inputs to the different provinces in the Cordillera Region this March.
This was highlighted during the meeting on March 02, 2021, at the BPI Compound, Guisad, Baguio City.
Under the Bayanihan Act II, the DA-CAR procured 1915 sockets of Pheromone lure, 650 bottles Cholorotrantinpole, 650 bottles Pyridalyl, 650 packs emamectin benzoate, 627 packs Lambda-cyhalothrin, and 700 packs of organic azaractin are ready to be distributed to the major corn producing provinces of Abra, Apayao, Kalinga,Mt. Province and Ifugao
According to Gerardo Banawa, Corn Cassava Banner Program Coordinator, this is to position the pesticides and biological control agents for quick response to contain and manage the FAW infestation.
He said this intervention will be distributed to the Provincial Local Government Units and municipal to be readily available management for FAW infestation management.
“Positioning control inputs near the farms will ensure the immediate application and prevention of infestation and early controls can help the increased yield of corn in the region”, he added.
Banawa also encourages farmers to report any suspected case of FAW in their farms. This will be validated by the municipal agriculture and the department so that immediate assistance will be provided.
As of today, 461 earwigs and 210 packs of Metatarhizium spp, were produced and available for distribution in the Research Stations in Kalinga and Apayao upon the LGU request and the submission of the infected farm validation report.
Likewise, 28 insect solar power light traps were strategically placed locations in the six provinces. These were monitored weekly by the farmer co-operator and data collected were submitted to the Regional Crop Protection Center.//