Spud pest in Spain

Irish Examiner - Farming - - COVER STORY -

The Gu­atemalan po­tato moth is get­ting nearer.

This South Amer­i­can pest has been in the Ca­nary Is­lands since 1999, and in September, 2015, was re­ported in Gali­cia, Spain, where erad­i­ca­tion ef­forts are un­der way. Likely to be a se­ri­ous pest only in warmer coun­tries, it at­tacks pota­toes and other crops in stor­age. Grow­ers at Muxía in Gali­cia has now started de­stroy­ing pota­toes from six ware­houses, after the pest ap­par­ently jumped 140km from the near­est known out­break, lead­ing the mayor of Muxía to ques­tion the re­gional govern­ment of Gali­cia on why their con­trol mech­a­nisms have failed.

What pota­toes look like after a Gu­atemalan moth at­tack.

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