Ethiopian Armyworm Corn Infestation May Intensify, Ministry Says

  • About a quarter of corn-planted land has been infested
  • Pest has spread to all but 10 of Africa’s 54 nations: FAO

By Nizar Manek, 4 June 2018
(Bloomberg) --
Fall armyworms infested a quarter of irrigated Ethiopian land planted with corn since October and this may intensify if rains stop and temperatures rise, the Agriculture Ministry said.
The Horn of Africa country has shared a strategy with farmers and plant-production experts and is carrying out interventions and field research to fight the pest that infested 87,000 hectares (215,000 acres) of corn, Zebdios Selato, plant healthcare director at Ethiopia’s agriculture ministry, said by phone.
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