Fall armyworm pest hits 13 villages in Malaybalay
MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon (June 16) – Farms in 13 villages in the city were found to be infested with Fall Armyworm (FAW).
Engr. Naomie Hoy-Delos Reyes, officer in-charge of the City Agriculture Office (CAO) disclosed the information to the city council on June 16. She appeared at the city council upon the invitation of Councilor Erwin Damasco to provide details on the FAW attack in the city’s corn farms.
The infested villages are Barangays Dalwangan, Patpat, Capt. Angel, Kibalabag, Silae, Caburacanan, Aglayan, Sto. Niño, Kalasungay, San Jose, Laguitas, Maligaya, and Indalasa.
“As of June 15, there are a total of 83 affected by the infestation with about about 9,643.5 hectares of land planted to corn. Delos Reyes, however, clarified that the infestation has affected only 134.15 hectares.
As of June 12, the Department of Agriculture Regional Office 10 has recorded 462.35 hectares in Bukidnon affected with FAW. A total of 152 corn farmers are affected in the province.
She added that the number of affected farmers and the range of the damage to corn farms may still increase in the coming days.
Delos Reyes said a female FAW can lay 1,500 to 2,000 eggs for a lifetime that can hatch in two to four days. The adult can travel 100 kilometers a night.
“The Fall Armyworm is nocturnal and difficult to control. It has multiple feeding behavior and has 24 to 40 days life cycle. It eats corn stalks, leaves and kernels,” she said.
She encouraged farmers to report to the technicians in the village or to their office for assessment and support.
The city government has provided one liter of pesticide to affected farmers as assistance due to limited budget.
She added that they have recommended farmers to use resistant corn varieties and follow recommended interval of chemical or biological control application.
Malaybalay is just one of the localities in Bukidnon and in Region 10 to have infested with FAW.
The City of Valencia and the towns of Baungon, Damulog, Dangcagan, Don Carlos, Impasug-ong, Kadingilan, Kibawe, Kitaotao, Lantapan, Libona, Malitbog, Maramag, and Sumilao are also affected with FAW infestation in Bukidnon. But the town of Kadingilan has suffered most with a total damage of 106.5 hectares. (Mel B. Madera/BukidnonNews.Net)