The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is reporting that the Beet Armyworm infestation, that has been plaguing St Elizabeth, has declined to less than five per cent of cultivations being still affected by the pest.
Acting Deputy Director of the Crop and Plant Protection Unit in the Ministrys Research and Development Division, Michelle Sherwood, says the decline resulted from extensive field work undertaken by the Ministry, in collaboration with the farmers, and other stakeholders across the parish.
Sherwood says while the worm is still present in the parish, it exists in very low numbers.
She says the last major pest outbreak in St. Elizabeth, since the worm first surfaced in 2009, was in 2012.
She was speaking with JIS News following the recent graduation ceremony for 150 farmers from St Elizabeth who participated in a nine-week capacity building training programme on combating the beet armyworm.