Vietnam: Fall Armyworm Damages Corn and Threatens Other Crops in Vietnam
On April 24, 2019, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) officially announced the detection of Fall Armyworm (FAW), Spodoptera frugiperda, in Vietnam. Since then FAW has spread rapidly throughout the country, Post estimates that over 35,000 hectares of corn has been affected by FAW in 40 provinces. FAW damage has resulted in economic loss due to a decrease in yields and increased costs for insecticides and labor. The Vietnamese government is working to control the outbreak and minimize the damage.