National Deputies Declare Emergency Amid Growing Threat of Corn Leafhopper Pest in Cereal Crops

Project presented to declare agricultural emergency following invasion of destructive corn pest

In response to the growing threat posed by the corn leafhopper, a pest that spreads deadly diseases in cereal crops, two national deputies have presented an emergency declaration project. The proposed measures include tax benefits for affected farmers and zoning strategies using satellite imagery.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, along with INTA technical teams, are asked to develop management protocols based on regional differences. This is particularly urgent given the recent spread of the disease to new provinces such as Córdoba, Santa Fe, Entre Ríos and La Pampa. The impact of this pest has raised concerns among experts who predict this year’s crop losses could be among the highest in a decade.

Producers estimate even greater losses than those projected due to severe outbreaks in central Santa Fe, northeast Córdoba, and western Entre Ríos. Despite its small size, the corn leafhopper is a persistent vector of Spiroplasma kunkelii bacteria, causing recurring diseases in agricultural regions.

The project calls for coordinated efforts from both the National Government and provincial governments to address this agricultural emergency and mitigate its impact on cereal crops in affected provinces.

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