Guatemala: Plague in Grain Crops

Producers in the southern region reported damage to corn and sugar cane caused by the insect known as the lace bug.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Authorities at the Ministry of Agriculture (Maga) confirmed to Prensalibre.com that about 1,000 hectares of maize in Retalhuleu have been affected by the plague. 

Gustavo Rivas, general secretary of the National Association of Basic Grains (Anagrab) reported that "... a workshop has been organized with producers, the Maga and the private sector to find alternative solutions to the problem.'We will assess damaged areas in order to find out about the pathogens that are causing the problem and find solutions."

"... The director of the Guatemalan Center for Research and Training on Sugarcane (CENGICAÑA), Mario Melgar, explained that the lace bug is not exclusive to sugar cane and first appeared during the 2006-2007 harvest; He added that seasonal and long term changes may affect fauna, flora and the dynamics of insect populations. "

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