Minister of Agriculture: P. Harrison, speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo today said, the government has decided to pay compensation for crops devastated by the Fall Army Worm – commonly known as the ‘Sena’ Grub – upto a ceiling of 40,000 rupees per hectare. Minister Harrison further stated, full cabinet approval has been received to pay compensation in the way reparations are done for 7 crops identified to be at the risk of natural causes.
Joining in the media briefing, Director General of the Department of Agriculture: W. M. W. Weerakone said, the ‘Sena’ worm does not spread by seeds. He explained, the Fall Army Worm Moth can spread to a large area, when caught in wind currents. It is assumed, this moth has been blown to the island from India.