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Outbreak of Corn Leafhopper Threatens Cereal Crops in Multiple Provinces: Agricultural Emergency Declared to Help Affected Farmers

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 27, 2024
Project presented to declare agricultural emergency following invasion of destructive corn pest

Cereal crops in several provinces are under threat due to the corn leafhopper, a pest that is spreading rapidly and causing significant damage to crops. The leafhopper is a vector for the Spiroplasma kunkelii bacteria, which leads to a lethal disease. The affected provinces include Santiago del Estero, Chaco, Catamarca, Tucumán, Salta, Córdoba, Santa Fe, Entre Ríos, and La Pampa.

In response to this emergency situation, two national deputies have presented a project to declare an agricultural emergency. The project aims to provide tax benefits to affected farmers such as payment exemptions for income tax. Additionally, the project proposes zoning using satellite images to determine the areas affected by the pest. It also urges the National Government and provincial governments to work together to reduce the impact of the pest.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries along with technical teams from the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) are requested to establish management protocols for producers based on regional differences. However, concerns have been raised about the spread of the disease to new provinces such as Córdoba, Santa Fe, Entre Ríos and La Pampa due to its significant impact on corn crops.

According to experts, this year has seen an abundant population of leafhoppers in comparison with previous years. The Buenos Aires Cereal Exchange has already reduced the corn harvest forecast due to damage caused by leafhoppers and heat waves. Producers estimate even greater losses than projected.

The affected regions include central Santa Fe

By Samantha Nguyen

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