Helicoverpa caterpillars are found in state crops

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Helicoverpa armigera caterpillars were found in the northeastern region of plantations of Mato Grosso do Sul, the State Agency for Health Protection Animal and Plant (IAGRO). The region borders with Mato Grosso and Goias, who are also in a state of emergency because of the plague. The municipalities where the pest was found were not disclosed.

As information from the Department of Production and Family Agriculture, the productive sector of Mato Grosso do Sul asked the state government to solicit the Ministry of Agriculture and Supply (MAPA) the decree of the formulation of the state of emergency.

Under the decree, the State may take appropriate action if the population of Helicoverpa armigera will reach levels that can bring economic damage crops in Mato Grosso do Sul.

From this demand, the government asked for the IAGRO did a survey in soybean and cotton crops in every state, and found Helicoverpa individuals in the Northeast crops, which borders the states of Mato Grosso and Goiás states. The analysis served as the basis for the claim made by Sepaf made to the Ministry as a precautionary measure.

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Lagartas helicoverpa são encontradas em lavouras do Estado
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Lagartas Helicoverpa Armigera foram encontradas em lavouras da região nordeste de Mato Grosso do Sul, pela Agência Estadual de Defesa Sanitária Animal e Vegetal (Iagro). A região faz divisa com Mato Grosso e Goiás, que também estão em estado de emergência por causa da praga. Os municípios em que a praga foi encontrada não foram divulgados.

Conforme informações da Secretaria de Produção e Agricultura Familiar, o setor produtivo de Mato Grosso do Sul pediu ao governo estadual para que solicitasse ao Ministério da Agricultura e Abastecimento (Mapa) a formulação do decreto do estado de emergência.

Com o decreto, o Estado poderá tomar as medidas cabíveis, caso a população de helicoverpa armigera venha a atingir níveis que possam trazer danos econômicos as lavouras de Mato Grosso do Sul.

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Helicoverpa armigera rapid spread in Brasilpotential2013-12-28
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