Crops: El Salvador Confirms Plague Presence

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.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

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).

Following the alert issued on "... Ministry of Agriculture in coordination with the Armed Forces made a preventive inspection of crops in different areas to determine the presence of this insect," explains a publication of Elsalvador.com.

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After concluding the inspections, the Ministry of Agriculture confirmed "... the presence of locusts in a nymphological state and low level, which will allow efficient and early measures to avoid an aggressive pest that damages crops."

The crops that are most affected by this pest are corn, beans, sorghum, soybeans, peanuts, sugarcane, chili, tomatoes, citrus, bananas, coconut, mango and also pasture.

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