AEST = Australian Eastern Standard Time which is 10 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time), Australian businesses halt exports to China due to trade dispute fears, School student tests positive to coronavirus in Adelaide, 'Carrying an almost unbearable grief': Meghan Markle reveals she had miscarriage, National Cabinet urged to introduce pre-flight coronavirus testing for returning travellers, Gender pay gap narrowing but women still earning average of $25k less, Extremist jailed for leading terror cell has Australian citizenship cancelled, Australia's top diplomat urges China not to dictate to smaller nations amid tensions, 'No means f***ing no': Emotions high as alleged victim calls Jarryd Hayne a 'piece of s***', Tame Impala, Sampa The Great key winners at socially distanced ARIA Awards, followed by the northernmost mainland town of Bamaga, Dire warning after invasive moth found in Australia, A very hungry caterpillar that decimated crops around the world has arrived in Australia, Can't get a coaching job in women's footy? Fall armyworm is reported to feed on more than 350 plant species, including maize, cotton, rice, sorghum, sugarcane, wheat, and vegetable and fruit crops, and have caused significant economic losses overseas. Fall armyworm is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas. Hunter Local Land Services (LLS) Pastures Officer David Deane said fall armyworm larvae was found at a property near East Maitland. When they are found in large numbers, they can defoliate preferred host plants and acquire an 'armyworm' habit and disperse in large numbers. "At this stage I don't want to be too alarmist, we're really only talking about this infestation in one part of Queensland at this time," he said. When larvae are newly hatched they are about 1.7mm, light green to brown with a larger, darker head. Around P20 billion. The fall armyworm is native to tropical and sub-tropical areas of the Americas and was first detected outside its native range in 2016. … Fall armyworm (FAW) is an insect from the America’s. Basically it means any chances we had to keep the pest out and to eradicate it in the Torres Strait are gone," he said. Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) is an exotic pest that has been detected in Queensland and poses a threat to Queensland's agricultural industries. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has warned that, this year, there will be more fall armyworms and they are arriving earlier than last year. Unluckily, global warming is at their favor. "[But] these moths can fly up to 100 kilometres a night and are very destructive.". Dr Afriyie Akoto said that the government is determined to ensure food security in the country, hence the investment. Destruction of crops can happen rapidly when infestation levels are high. Larvae of the insect have been confirmed in a trial maize crop near Georgetown, 300 kilometres west of Cairns, after a University of Queensland (UQ) researcher raised the alarm. "We need to provide more information to industry in terms of the control treatments they have available to them.". Facilitators conduct a technical training program on the threats of Fall Armyworm (FAW) and how to overcome them in Chuadanga on Sunday, November 22, 2020, Australian Open delay most likely, says state minister, Indonesian minister among 17 arrested in corruption probe, Windies to assess Bangladesh bio-security arrangements before tour, Infographic: President-elect Joe Biden names national security team, Infographic: Palm oil labour abuses linked to top beauty brands, Infographic: Only two countries have collected Moon rocks, Pakistan approves chemical castration of rapists, 8 dead as migrant boat capsizes off Canary Islands, more missing. (If you want to contribute and have specific expertise, please contact us at nature@cgtn.com), Copyright © 2020 CGTN. Biosecurity Queensland's Malcolm Letts said specialised moth traps would be placed across Queensland to detect and contain any further spread of the pest. The programme was on the theme: ‘Becoming the West African Food Basket’. Severe infestations can destroy crops rapidly. However, Mr Letts is concerned the pest could already have migrated to mainland Australia. So far only six have been caught in traps on Erub and Saibai islands. "I think there's a good number of control mechanisms out there," Ms Corcoran said. With fall armyworm (FAW) continuously infesting farms across the country, corn farmers are facing a bigger problem than declining farm-gate prices.

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