Wheat farmers must keep eyes open for fall armyworm

It looks like the fall armyworm (FAW) is now developing an appetite for wheat after already causing serious damage to southern African summer crops earlier this year. The pest (Spodoptera frugiperda) which damaged crops like maize, sweet corn and sorghum was also seen in wheat production areas in Zimbabwe. Grain…

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“Zambia ill-prepared for fight against armyworm” – expert

Scientist Kavwanga Yambayamba says Zambia should have been better prepared to control armyworm, while a local ecology think-tank called for harmonised research in curbing crop pests that were currently ravaging maize fields. Prof. Yambayamba says past outbreaks of other agricultural pests should have adequately prepared the nation to swiftly quell…

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