Coconut farmers in the Pomeroon area are expected to get some relief this week as it relates to the massive infestation of the ‘coconut worm’ which is known to eat the blades of the coconut palm and could result in the death of the tree.
The blade of the coconut palm is necessary for photosynthesis (the process that converts carbon dioxide into organic compounds).
Lower Pomeroon coconut farmers, especially in the ‘Grant Tenez Ferme’ locale, called on the Agriculture Ministry to intervene to eradicate what they say is a massive infestation.
The dreaded worms have already reportedly affected several hundred acres of cultivated coconut farms.
The coconut tree is the sole source of income for hundreds of residents of the Pomeroon and the infestation has reportedly reached a critical stage in a matter of days. Farmers are fearful that their entire farms could be destroyed.
This newspaper visited several of the farms and witnessed the initial damage firsthand with some farmers resorting to the use of the banned insecticide, monocrotophus, the supply of which has reportedly run short.
Monocrotophus is acutely toxic to birds and humans, and has been banned in several countries worldwide. Farmers in the area have visited the technical officer in the locale and have been promised supplies of other insecticides.
This newspaper has been informed that a shipment of legal insecticides will be shipped to the area shortly.
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