NAQIA to use awareness to tackle new pest in PNG

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The PNG-Australia Partnership has assisted the National Agriculture and Quarantine Inspection Authority (NAQIA) in developing its educational materials to raise awareness on how to contain the spread of the Fall Army Worm (FAW), which has been detected in Western Province.

The FAW is a moth that can destroy many species of food crops such as corn, sugarcane, sweet potato, tomato, cabbage, cucumber, rice and sorghum.

Photos: Destruction to crops caused by the Fall Army Worm

The PNG-Australia Partnership, through the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Plus (PHAMA+) program is working with NAQIA  to develop containment and eradication plans to try to control the spread of the disease.

Australian High Commission Acting Minister Counsellor, Derek Brown said: “Our focus on working with local authorities and communities to combat this pest is part of our work to ensure effective food supply systems continue to serve the most vulnerable, especially women and children.

“The PNG-Australia Partnership highlights the importance of our deep collaboration in ensuring the nation remains resilient in the face of new threats.” said Minister Counsellor Brown.

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