|Seventy per cent of the coconut plantations in Ca Mau Province have been destroyed by beetles. — Photo tinmoitruong.vn
CA MAU (VNS) — About 720,000 coconut palms in the southernmost Ca Mau Province have been attacked by beetles, a report by the provincial plant protection department said.
The trees account for 70 per cent of the plantations in the province.
More than 281,000 trees have been seriously affected by the beetle threat, especially in Tran Van Thoi, Phu Tan, U Minh and Dam Doi, besides Thoi Binh and Ca Mau City.
Many farmers are being forced to cut down the trees as it is difficult to control the pest menace because of the height of the trees.
Many households have also neglected to control the damage being caused by beetles in coconut plantations, leading to the spread of the pest attack.
Although this is not a major crop in the province, the huge spread of the pest attack has caused yields to fall, significantly affecting the incomes of coconut growers.
Nguyen Tran Thuc, head of the plant protection department, said there was no effective prevention measure available against the harmful beetle.
The provincial agricultural sector has asked farmers to spray insecticide at the top of the trees to destroy the beetles.
The province expects to recover 7,400ha for coconut plantations this year and to recommend that the growers should plant coconut trees with shorter trunks that suit the soil, have high productivity and make it easier to control pests and diseases. — VNS