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24 Mar 2018 description

by Reuters
Friday, 23 March 2018 13:30 GMT

Malawi declared the armyworms a national disaster in December after discovering the pests had spread to 22 of Malawi's 28 districts

  • Dry spell exacerbating risk to crop output

  • FEWS NET estimates 10 percent drop in 2017/18 crop

  • Farmers turn to neem tree for cheaper pesticide

By Frank Phiri

19 Jan 2018 description

The current dry spell has been exacerbated by an outbreak of crop-munching fall armyworms

By Frank Phiri

LILONGWE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - A dry spell and worsening pest infestation are threatening Malawi's staple maize crop, prompting President Peter Mutharika on Friday to call on government officials to lead prayers for rain.

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01 Dec 2017 description

by Reuters
Thursday, 30 November 2017 15:23 GMT

Infestations of the pest have erupted across Africa

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Half of Malawi's maize has been infected by crop-munching armyworms, a senior government official said on Thursday.

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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.

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02 Mar 2017 description
  • Strategic reserve is half its optimal size

  • Government's main focus is on fall armyworm

  • Fears pest will infest sugarcane and spread (Adds detail, quote)

By MacDonald Dzirutwe

HARARE, March 2 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe, which is recovering from drought and battling a pest that threatens its maize crop, has budgeted $140 million to buy maize from farmers for its strategic reserve, Agriculture Minister Joseph Made told parliament on Thursday.

06 Feb 2017 description

by Reuters
Monday, 6 February 2017 00:01 GMT

The armyworm is destroying young maize plants across Africa and could reach Asia and the Mediterranean in the next few years, threatening agricultural trade

By Kate Kelland

LONDON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Scientists tracking a crop-destroying caterpillar known as armyworm say it is now spreading rapidly across mainland Africa and could reach tropical Asia and the Mediterranean in the next few years, threatening agricultural trade.

01 Feb 2017 description

4 million Zimbabweans need food aid until the end of March because of the 2016 drought

  • Incessant rains follow worst drought in 25 years

  • Staple maize and tobacco worst hit by rains

  • Fertiliser shortages add to maize farmers' problems

By MacDonald Dzirutwe

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

24 Jan 2017 description

Malawi's maize crop, the staple grain, was devastated last year by the regional drought

LILONGWE, Jan 24 (Reuters) - An infestation of armyworms, a pest that has hit maize fields in southern Africa, has spread across Malawi, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

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14 Jan 2017 description

by Reuters
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 10:54 GMT

The pest which can eat through vast areas of crops if left unchecked is affecting most provinces

HARARE, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Zimbabwean farmers in the maize growing regions face a threat from the armyworm, a pest that consumes vast fields of crops if left unchecked, a government official said.

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12 Jan 2017 description

Malawi's outbreak follows one in neighbouring Zambia, where the military has been deployed to battle the bugs, and Zimbabwe

LILONGWE, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Malawi, which was hit by a crippling drought last year, has become the third southern African nation to report an outbreak of armyworms, a voracious pest that devours maize and other crops.

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