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Parliamentary questions
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9 July 2019
E-002192-19
Question for written answer E-002192-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Daniel Buda (PPE)

 Subject:  Heavy attacks by the corn borer
 Answer in writing 

According to the data collected through the European pest monitoring programme Evalio® AgroSystems, implemented in our country by FMC România, a heavy presence of the corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis) has been recorded in this period in the corn crops.

The corn borer is a dangerous polyphagous pest, which can severely affect the corn crop. First, the larvae eat the leaves, then they burrow into the corn stems. This makes the stems break at the point of the attack under the weight of the corn cobs or due to being blown by the wind, and reduces the nutritional capacity of the plants as well as their resistance to drought. The attack after the corn cobs are formed also causes significant damage and production losses, and affects the quality of the harvest through rotting which is caused by high humidity before being harvested. Following the attack of the Ostrinia nubilalis on the corn cobs, different species of saprophytic mushrooms appear which leads to high levels of mycotoxins and to difficulties in selling the product.

Can the Commission provide any financial support to farmers whose crops have been affected by this pest?

Original language of question: RO 
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