Crop Pests: Outbreaks in Guatemala

Authorities of the country confirmed that the presence of devouring locusts was located in the departments of Peten and Jutiapa.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Weeks ago, the International Regional Organization for Agricultural Health (OIRSA) alerted Central American authorities to the possible outbreaks of Schistocerca piceifrons Walker (Central American eating locust).

Guatemala is the second country to confirm the presence of the pest, given that on July 15 the Salvadoran government announced that the devouring locust had been found in a nymphological state.

You may be interested in "Central America: Crop Monitoring"

An article in Prensalibre.com reports that "... technicians and squads from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (Maga), went to control an outbreak of locusts that was located in pastures in Petén and another in Jutiapa, while the other pests targeted are fungi and bacteria."

The publication adds that "... In Petén, damage was detected for 11 farms in grasslands in Mopan and Dolores, and the presence began to be observed from July 6 onwards, in the pastures. Meanwhile, in the hill of the vipers Atescatempa, Jutiapa - bordering El Salvador - the quantified damage is to some 10 farms of corn and beans and the crops were abandoned due to the presence of the pest."

The crops that are most affected by this pest are corn, beans, sorghum, soybeans, peanuts, sugarcane, chili, tomatoes, citrus, bananas, coconuts, mangoes and also pastureland.

¿Busca soluciones de Inteligencia Comercial para su empresa?

Contáctenos para conocer sobre nuestros servicios









this site is protected by reCAPTCHA and Google's privacy policy and terms of service.
Need assistance? Contact us
(506) 4001-6423


More on this topic

Flying Locust: Damage Reported in Guatemala

January 2021

Due to the new outbreak of flying locusts, farmers in the department of Peten report that the pest has destroyed large areas of corn and bean crops.

Days ago, the International Regional Organization for Agricultural Health (OIRSA) warned that a locust swarm entered Guatemala from the border area with Yucatan, Mexico.

Crop Pests: El Salvador on Alert

January 2021

After reports of flying locusts entering Guatemala from the border area with the Yucatan, Mexico, Salvadoran authorities have declared themselves on alert because of the threat they could represent to local crops.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) is prepared to face the threat of a flying locust (Schistocerca piceifrons piceifrons) that could cause damage or loss to crops in our territory, details an official statement dated January 12, 2021.

Flying Locust: More Outbreaks in El Salvador

July 2020

The Ministry of Agriculture identified a second outbreak of the Devouring Locust, now in grasslands and corn fields of the Havillal canton, municipality of San Miguel.

On July 15, the Government reported that they had detected the presence of the Devouring Locust in the state of nymph, in the Costa Azul hamlet of the municipality of Tecoluca, department of San Vicente.

Crops: El Salvador Confirms Plague Presence

July 2020

The government has confirmed the presence of the devouring locust in the state of nymph in the Costa Azul hamlet in the municipality of Tecoluca, department of San Vicente.

In early July, the International Regional Organization for Agricultural Health (OIRSA) alerted Central American authorities to the possible outbreaks of Schistocerca piceifrons Walker (Central American Devouring Locust).