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In February 2019, Henan provincial government made an emergency notice aimed at the unified prevention and control of key pests and diseases of wheat. It instructed the local administrations to further ascertain the requirements and to carry out unified prevention and control in strict accordance with the policies and the technical specifications as quickly as possible.
The circular regarding the pests and diseases shows that in 2019, the key pests and diseases of wheat would strike in a severer way over previous years. In particular, it is a high risk for the wheat scab to hit and spread in the southern Huanghe-Huaihe region seriously.
“Every local administration should attach great importance to the prevention and control of wheat scab in the unified prevention and control: the unified prevention and control of wheat scab should be covered fully, and the effect should reach 80%+ so as to reduce the damage to the largest extent,” instructed Henan provincial government, “In the meantime, the prevention and control of key pests and diseases including stripe rust, aphid, powdery mildew, sheath blight, and leaf rust should also be carried out smoothly.”