Corn Leafhopper Emergency Declared in Several Provinces of Argentina, Affecting Millions of Tonnes of Cereal Crops

By Eleanor Harrison Mar27,2024
Project proposal to declare agricultural emergency in response to severe corn pest outbreak.

In recent years, the corn leafhopper has emerged as a significant threat to cereal crops in several provinces of Argentina. This pest, an insect vector of the Spiroplasma kunkeli bacteria that is deadly to these crops, has affected provinces such as Santiago del Estero, Chaco, Catamarca, Tucumán, Salta, Córdoba, Santa Fe, Entre Ríos, and La Pampa.

The agricultural emergency caused by the corn leafhopper is being addressed by National deputies Luis Picat and Martin Ardohain through a project to declare an emergency in these areas. The project involves three stages: tax benefits for producers during the first stage, zoning of affected areas using satellite imagery in the second stage, and exemption or postponement of rural real estate tax based on each province’s agreement in the third stage.

The National Government and affected provincial governments are working together to minimize the impact of this pest on agriculture. They recommend that management protocols be established by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries along with the National Institute of Agricultural Technology for producers to follow.

The Buenos Aires Cereal Exchange has reported that this year’s corn harvest has been reduced by 2.5 million tons due to the corn leafhopper and heat wave. Further damage is expected as more hectares could be significantly affected by this pest across 27 departments. Areas in Santa Fe, Córdoba and Entre Ríos are experiencing severe outbreaks leading to production losses. This disease-transmitting pest has become more prevalent in recent years and poses a significant threat to agriculture in these regions.

By Eleanor Harrison

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