The most deadly worm to farmers

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Fall armyworms are native to the Americas and were first spotted in Nigeria and Togo last year. The worm has already caused damage to staple crops in Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Ghana. Uganda’s Agriculture Minister Vincent Ssempijja said the presence of the innocuous looking but hugely destructive brown caterpillar had been confirmed in over 20 districts of the country. They have already caused damage to staple crops in Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Ghana while reports suggest Malawi, Mozambique and Ghana may also be affected. The caterpillars eat maize, wheat, millet and rice. They also attack cotton, soybean, potato and tobacco fields. The worms come at a time where many areas are already struggling with shortages after years of severe drought. The armyworm has created fear of a bad season and later on, food insecurity.

 

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