Mizoram has lost its maize cultivation worth Rs 7.65 crore due to the outbreak of crop damaging pest, fall armyworms.

Addressing a state-level training programme on scientific management of fall armyworm in Aizawl on Wednesday, agriculture and rural development commissioner and secretary Lalhmingthanga said that the first incident of fall armyworm was reported in south Mizoram’s Lunglei district on April 8.

He said that the possible value loss due to the outbreak of the pest has been estimated at Rs 7.65 crore.

According to the commissioner, a state-level sub-committee was constituted comprising leaders of the Rapid Response Team and others as suggested by the Centre. He said that the rapid response team has come up with strategic plan to combat the pest attack.