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10 Nov 2017 description

Countries with confirmed outbreaks can face import bans on their agricultural products because armyworm is classified as a quarantine pest

CAPE TOWN, Nov 9 (Reuters) - South Africa has managed to control an outbreak of fall armyworm pests, which were first detected in January and mainly threatened maize crops, the agriculture minister said on Thursday.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

02 Mar 2017 description

Pretoria – As the Western Cape faces a serious drought due to poor rainfall during winter, the Department of Water and Sanitation has informed the agricultural sector of 10 percent additional water restrictions.

The demand for water in the province has steadily increased due to the growing population and economy. This, as well as poor rainfall, has added significant pressure on water supply.

03 Feb 2017 description

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) today received a diagnostic report from the Agricultural Research Council, Plant Protection Research Institute (ARC PPRI) to confirm that the Fall Army Worm was positively identified from samples collected in the Limpopo Province. The samples were jointly collected by scientists from the ARC Grain Institute and the North West University. These were caterpillars that had to pupate and emerge as moths before a positive identification could be done.

31 Jan 2017 description

The outbreak has hit crops in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi

  • Samples being tested for confirmation

  • Outbreak has hit crops in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi

  • Damage can leave maize plants looking like broom sticks

By Ed Stoddard