30 April 2020
The moth pest fall armyworm has made its way to Australia with the potential to spread quickly throughout farming regions.
Chief Executive Officer of the national peak industry organisation for the plant science sector, Mr Matthew Cossey, said, “Fall armyworm has been devastating for many overseas farming sectors. This is a pest that now poses a serious threat to Australian crops.
“The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority has responded by approving a number of emergency permits for farmers to utilise should they encounter fall armyworm on their crops.
“The plant science industry is focussed on providing growers with as many solutions as possible to manage pest incursions – including fall armyworm.
“We are preparing a fall armyworm strategy as part of CropLife Australia’s Resistance Management Strategies due for release in the middle of the year. These strategies ensure important crop protection products remain effective tools for farmers.”
Mr Cossey concluded, “Growers encountering fall armyworm should utilise the emergency permits approved by the APVMA in line with their integrated pest management strategy.”