Following reports of a paddy bug infestation in Region Six, it was pointed out that the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) initiated the publication of several paddy bug alerts in popular daily newspapers, advising farmers on how to proceed in achieving control.
This newspaper has also learnt that several meetings with farmers were held in various districts to address queries of the paddy bug control method or other issues in that regard.
Continuous monitoring and reports by the farmers revealed a second migration of the bugs into the fields.
This, according to reports, can be attributed to fact that the fields in the same block were not sprayed together, abandoned fields were not targeted, and to high migration of the bugs from the nesting areas.
Farmers were also assisted whereby an insecticide was procured and distributed for immediate application.
A follow-up monitoring on the level of bug control revealed that three to four days later, the insecticide was yet to be sprayed.
In the meantime, the bugs continued to feed and cause damage to the grains, which eventually would have resulted in grade C to sub-standard paddy at the mills.
In Region Six, monitoring after the distribution of the insecticide, Pronto, showed that control was achieved in Black Bush Polder and Upper Corentyne; however, in the Hogstye-Borlum area, a high infestation was still evident and a second assistance with Pronto was conducted immediately.
Farmers in the area were also said to be advised to spray promptly and together in order to reduce the chances of migration of the bugs.
The Hogstye-Borlum area remains susceptible to paddy bug attack since it was the last area in the region to be sown and possess staggered growth stages.
To date, the crop has about one month more to reach maturity, while all other areas are concluding with harvesting and the circumstances present a continuous supply of food for the bugs.
The average paddy bug damage recorded in the region so far is 12 per cent.
The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the main recommendation for the management of paddy bugs and surveys of the areas affected showed a poor level of sanitation in and around rice fields and staggered sowing dates, which are the first steps in applying this method to ensure management of paddy bugs.
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