JAS to analyse resurgence of beet armyworm — Grant

Monday, October 16, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Norman Grant, says that the organisation will be sending a team to New Forrest, Manchester to conduct an assessment following reports of a re-emergence of the beet armyworm in the parish.

According to Grant, farmers suffered losses of close to $100 million caused by the invasion of the beet armyworm in mainly Manchester and St Elizabeth.

"The sector contracted in the first quarter by two per cent, in the second quarter by 8.5 per cent. We don't know what the numbers are going to be in the third quarter but based on the drought, the rain, a kind of slow implementation of support, we could really be seeing either flat numbers or no growth in the third quarter," Grant said.

He added that if there is another recurrence of the beet armyworm, it would raise "great concern as it relates to the performance of the sector in the fourth quarter."

Grant said that the JAS will be looking at how farmers can implement quick corrective measures to minimize any potential damage to their fields.

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