Vietnam’s effective solutions to tackle Fall Armyworm attracts international experts
Thai Nguyen August 16, 2019 – Today, Vietnam Academy of Agriculture Science, Plant Protection Department and Bayer jointly organized a workshop and field visit on “Sustainable Solutions for Fall Armyworm Management” which attracted international experts from India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines.
At the event, participants were highly amazed with the Vietnam’s Government decisive actions and in-the-field effectiveness of Bayer’s Integrated Pest Management solutions to tackle Fall Armyworm (FAW)
International experts observe insect-resistance hybrids solution in controllig FAW
Fall Armyworm – a threat to global food security
Fall Armyworm, or Spodoptera frugiperda, is an insect that is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas. In the larval stage, the Fall Armyworm prefers corn but feeds on more than 80 species of plants, causing significant damage to crops, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. In Sri Lanka, the pest has infested 40,000 hectares of land and damaged 20 percent of the crops. It has caused estimated economic damage of US$1-3 billion in Africa.
International Experts visit Bayer's Corn Field Demonstration Solutions to tackle Fall Armyworm
The insect had landfall for the first time in Asia in mid-2018. Although Asian countries are mostly known for growing rice, maize is also a staple crop and an important source of feed for livestock and poultry. Therefore, agricultural officials and other experts across Asia gathered in Thai Nguyen province to share information and strategies on monitoring and containing the pest.
Fall Armyworm infestation to Vietnam and decisive actions from the Government
The FAW has hit Vietnam and caused serious damage to maize crops. According to the Department of Plant Protection (PPD), by early August eighteen thousands maize hectares nationwide has been affected. The treatment for FAW is costly and difficult as it requires intensive use of pesticides while the worm’s lifespan is long. Meanwhile, the corn farming season is different among localities, making it hard to prevent the epidemic from spreading.
Understanding the danger of FAW, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has been taking decisive actions to mitigate this pest. PPD is strengthening the task of prevention and control of the FAW, requests for frequent update from every province and has held numerous meetings throughout the country to exchange effective solutions to fight the armyworm outbreak.
Dao The Anh, Deputy Director, Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences
“As the invasive fall armyworm is a serious pest with the potential for further spread to other economically important crops due to its broad host range. Urgent action is needed to curtail the spread and prevent devastating losses. As an agricultural science academy, we are working closely with international and local partners to find out sustainable and effective options to control FAW – from crop protection, insect-resistance hybrids, biological control and the use of pheromones to provide science-based recommendations for farmers.” said Dao The Anh, Deputy Director, Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences
Enabling policies for innovation create symbolic success
In Vietnam, local farmers have already empowered with many tools to tackle FAW thanks to the government’s support for agricultural innovation.
On seeds solutions, Bayer’s insect-resistance corn hybrids have been available to farmers since 2015. This technology was certified for bio-safety by Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment; food-feed safety and hybrid registration by Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Bayer’s technology is currently the latest in the marketplace that features the exclusive presence of two cry genes offering two modes of action against FAW plus a compelling insect-resistance management model.
Andre Kraide discusses solutions to control FAW with international expert
“Thanks to the Vietnamese Government’s enabling policies for the adoption of latest agricultural innovation, the global insect-resistance hybrids technology is ready to serve the local farmers and create significant impacts in timely and effectively tackling this destructive pest.” said Andre Kraide, Cluster Head – SouthEast Asia and Pakistan, Bayer Crop Science.
“This year my family has grown on 10 acres with both conventional and insect-resitance corn hybrids. At the harvest season this July the yield at the areas growing conventional hybrids was reduced significantly compared to last year, with 34 per cent of the corn being rotten despite my further investment on various remedies. Meanwhile, on the fields using Bayer’s insect-resistance corn hybrids, the output came with high satisfaction for me.” said Vu Van Sai, a farmer in Vo Nhai district, Thai Nguyen province.
Farmer Vu Van Sai is happy with the impact of Bayer's solutions in controlling FAW
On Crop Protection solution, Plant Protection Department has issued names of four temporary active ingredients since May 2019 while continuing to evaluate other potentially effective crop protection’s tools to provide best options to farmers. Simultaneously, Bayer is working closely with PPD for bio-efficacy field trials’ evaluation and request for emergency registration for Vayego® (tetraniliprole) for controlling FAW on corn. Vayego® is a broad spectrum fast acting insecticide efficacious against targeted pests. Vayego® is highly selective with minimal impact on beneficial arthropod populations - an excellent fit into Integrated Pest Management programs.
International experts observe Bayer's Crop Protection Solution Vaego in controlling FAW
“With a history of over 150 years globally and 25 years operating in Vietnam under the guiding mission of offering Science for a better life, Bayer is committed to working closely with authorities to bring the world-class technologies to Vietnam, thereby helping farmers solve the ever-increasing challenges in agriculture.” Andre Kraide added.
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