The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare
has launched a dedicated website (www.fallarmyworm.org.in) to help framers
control and fight against Fall Armyworm (FAW) pest attacks.
The website provides tips and useful information
to prevent and control FAW. It also has information on pheromone traps and
lures to detect FAW at a very early stage of infestation. Further, farmers can
buy safety kits, masks and gloves for effective management of FAW.
Project SAFFAL (Safeguarding Agriculture and
Farmers against Fall Armyworm) is also being implemented. The project has been
conceptualized by the South Asia Biotechnology Centre (SABC) and supported by
FMC India Pvt Limited.
The project aims at safeguarding agriculture and
farmers against fall armyworm in India. It seeks to address knowledge gaps,
enhance farmers’ awareness, organize educational campaigns on prevention of Fall
The Fall Armyworm (FAW), or Spodoptera
frugiperda is an invasive agricultural pest. It was first reported in West
Africa in 2016. In India, its infection was first reported in Karnataka in 2018
It has caused extensive damage to crops in India,
especially Maize. In early 2019, Mizoram incurred an estimated crop loss of Rs.
20 crore caused by an outbreak of the FAW.