Pesticide contamination threatens Egyptian fruit exports to Europe and Saudi Arabia

The Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation has tightened inspection procedures for export fruit following threats by the European Union (EU) and Saudi Arabia to curtail Egyptian imports due to high pesticide contamination. In a statement issued on 30 December, the ministry said the move was meant to increase…

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Red locust swarm detected in southern Malawi

The Malawi Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has warned that a red locust swarm was seen in the Mulanje district. In a statement, Erica Maganga, secretary for Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, said the ministry is doing everything possible to control the situation. “The ministry has organised with…

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The fall armyworm may have crossed the border into South Africa

Reports that have yet to be confirmed, indicate that the fall armyworm may have spread to the northern regions of South Africa in Limpopo province. The fall armyworm invasion has destroyed large areas of maize in Zambia and Zimbabwe since December and more recently in Malawi, and is related to…

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