Flying Locust: More Outbreaks in El Salvador

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.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

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.

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On Jan. 21, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) announced that it had begun efforts to eradicate a second outbreak of the flying locust (Schistocerca piceifrons piceifrons, Walker), this time in pastures and crops in the department of San Miguel.

"A new larger scale outbreak of flying locusts in the nymphal gregarious state and a slight density of adults in 20 crop blocks in San Miguel is confirmed. At this moment, equipment and supplies are being mobilized to proceed with the elimination", details the official statement."

The pest became known when in early July, the International Regional Organization for Agricultural Health (OIRSA) alerted Central American authorities to possible outbreaks of Schistocerca piceifrons Walker (Central American eating locust).

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

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