A new infestation of worms that sucks the grains of the newly formed ears affects the rice zone of the San Vicente enclosure, located in the influence area of the Babahoyo irrigation system, on the way to Montalvo. This area has experienced several problems, from snail plagues to fungi.
“The problem is greater when these tiny lobsters are not seen clearly and especially when the sun is strong,” says Guillermo Zambrano. He lost 35% of his harvest in the cooperative 23 de Junio, in the same influence area of the old Cedege project, where farmers have water all year due to irrigation canals.
Washington Nunez, former president of the Board, says it is “terrible” the damage the new pest causes, not only to rice farmers but to the citizens. “All this makes the rice reaches cities with a high price. It is necessary, urgent, that the government does something. “There are few who knew of the worm, which sucks the starch from ears When these first appear.
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