Kohima (Nagaland ) , June 02 :As the Fall Armyworm (FAW) attack on maize cultivation in state continues , the state horticulture department is taking all steps to overcome the problem .
The department is going to undertake a survey to find out the amount of damages caused by FAW attack .
The major places where maize crop has attacked are in Kohima, Dimapur and Phek.
Presently a training programme is on for district horticulture officers, field staff and farmers to overcome the problem by using Nimbecidine EC, an insecticide apart from using pheromone traps .
According to reports ,after dark the pest can travel a distance of 100 km in a single night.
The advisor for the horticulture department, Mhathung Yanthan, has appealed to the respective district officials not to remain insensitive to the menace as the pest is affecting not only maize but other plants, including the cash crops.
Farmers, facing problems due to the pest attack, can contact the district horticulture offices for support, the Principal Secretary to the Government of Nagaland, M K Mero, said.
( With PTI inputs)