The Occurence of Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) in Indonesia

Publication Date
Thu, 11 Jul 2019, 23:58
Last Updated
July 11, 2019, 11:58 p.m.
Report Number
IDN-04/1
Country
Indonesia
Pest Id
Spodoptera frugiperda - (LAPHFR)
Report Status
Final
Hosts
Corn
Pest Status
  • Present: only in some areas
Geographical Distribution
Sumatera, Java, Kalimantan
Summary

Fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, is not Indonesia’s regulated pest although it considered as invasive pest. The pest was first reported in West Sumatera in corn field during MoA surveillance on April 2019. The occurence of S. frugiperda was noticed particularly on young crops in several locations in West Sumatera. It severely attack the foliage of corn and often leaving only the ribs and stalks of corn. The pest considered to be important threat followed by its reports in other Provinces in Sumatera Island, even in Java (West Java, Banten, and Central Java) and Kalimantan (North Kalimantan and East Kalimantan). S. frugiperda also emerged as a serious threat to a number of crops such as rice, sugarcane, cotton, and ornamental plants. Currently the Ministry of Agriculture is conducting the official control S. frugiperda. Pest surveillance and public awareness through multiple media are the strategies to reduce the spread and damage of this pest in many areas. The pesticidal treatment may reduce its population in the fields but registered insecticide is unavailable. For long term period, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the best approach to control S. frugiperda with the least possible hazard to people and environment. This management relies on a combination of several common-senses practices, including culture practices and biological control. However, the study of bioecology of S. frugiperda by MoA and many universities is still on progress.

Danger
The pest potentially causes of crop losses, especially corn
Contact for info
Indonesia Agricultural Quarantine Agency
Issue keywords
Commodity keywords
Maize or corn

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