Sri Lanka President visits maize farms hit by fall armyworm
ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had visited maize farms hit by infestations of fall armyworm, his office said.
Sri Lanka farmers have been hit by fall armyworm for two years, where maize has been the most badly hit crop.
“They told the President that the caterpillar menace had damaged crops in many districts this year as well and that the yield had dropped far below the expected amount,” office said.
President Rajapaksa visited Pahalagama, Elepaththuwa in Anuradhapura district.
Armyworm hit younger plants can be sold as cattlefeed.
Sri Lanka was targeting to grow around 112,000 hectares of maize during the current Maha 2020/2021 cropping season.
In the last Maha season about 25 percent of the crop was hit by armyworm and floods. Out of 330,00 metric tonnes expected, about 79,000 was lost and a 250,000 metric tonne output was estimated.
Sri Lanka controls the import of maize to give extra profits to maize farmers and collectors, keeping chicken feed prices high. (Colombo/Dec28/2020)