AFRICAN COUNTRIES URGED TO UNIT TO FIGHT SPREAD OF FALL ARMYWORM

NAIROBI– The African Union (AU) has being urged to rally African countries to collaborate to contain and stop the spread of the Fall Armyworm which is continuing to devastate farmlands across the continent.

According to experts, the pest, actually the larval stage of a moth which originally was confined to the Americas before appearing in Africa in 2016 and which is denting efforts to achieve food security on the continent.

The Fall Armyworm is one of the pests which have confounded conventional methods of tackling the menace.

Cereal farmers across sub-Saharan Africa are experiencing heavy losses because of the devastation by the invasive pest which has caused huge losses to staple cereals, especially maize and sorghum, affecting food security and trade.

Dr. Yanira Ntupanyama, the Chief Director for Agriculture Irrigation and Water Development in Malawi, has called on African states to put in place measures to address the pest.

She says learning from best practices from countries which have dealt with the pest such as Brazil and Nigeria could be a step in the right direction.

Yanira says already there are chemical, mechanical and biological methods that are being used in Brazil which if well tested can assist Africa to deal with the menace.

The Fall Armyworm is destructive and mainly attacks cereals which are also the main staples in most of sub-Saharan Africa.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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AFRICAN COUNTRIES URGED TO UNIT TO FIGHT SPREAD OF FALL ARMYWORM

NAIROBI– The African Union (AU) has being urged to rally African countries to collaborate to contain and stop the spread of the Fall Armyworm which is continuing to devastate farmlands across the continent.

According to experts, the pest, actually the larval stage of a moth which originally was confined to the Americas before appearing in Africa in 2016 and which is denting efforts to achieve food security on the continent.

The Fall Armyworm is one of the pests which have confounded conventional methods of tackling the menace.

Cereal farmers across sub-Saharan Africa are experiencing heavy losses because of the devastation by the invasive pest which has caused huge losses to staple cereals, especially maize and sorghum, affecting food security and trade.

Dr. Yanira Ntupanyama, the Chief Director for Agriculture Irrigation and Water Development in Malawi, has called on African states to put in place measures to address the pest.

She says learning from best practices from countries which have dealt with the pest such as Brazil and Nigeria could be a step in the right direction.

Yanira says already there are chemical, mechanical and biological methods that are being used in Brazil which if well tested can assist Africa to deal with the menace.

The Fall Armyworm is destructive and mainly attacks cereals which are also the main staples in most of sub-Saharan Africa.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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