Namibia faces fresh army worm outbreak

Namibia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has warned that the country is likely to experience a second fall army worm outbreak in a row, following last year's one.

"According to the data that was collected from pheromone traps on the number of fall army worm moths, it is clear that this pest is still around and as soon as the host plants are available the moths will start producing eggs on the plant leaves," said permanent secretary of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Percy Misika.

The pheromone traps, procured by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), were distributed to Southern African countries, including Namibia.

Allafrica.com reports that other countries currently affected by the outbreak during the 2017/18 cropping season are Malawi, South Africa and Zambia of which about 55,000 hectares are affected altogether.

In Namibia, last year army worms caused extensive damage to households in the North-eastern region. The Ministry has assured that it is ready for the outbreak and has procured pesticides, which have already been distributed to all the crop growing regions in the country.


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