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Scientists move towards biological weapon against fall armyworm

  Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Fall Armyworm has been devastating the maize crop since 2016. Scientists hop that biological control method will minimize the use of synthetic insecticides and reduce harm to the environment Insect scientists within Africa including neighbouring Kenya say they have discovered a biological weapon …

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Africa struggles for weapons against armyworm curse

Kisumu, Kenya | AFP | On farms across Africa, a seemingly innocuous brown and beige caterpillar is waging a silent war, devastating rural incomes and posing a major threat to the continent’s food supply. In just two years, the so-called fall armyworm has colonised three-quarters of Africa, according to the …

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ANALYSIS: Maize worm worries

Fall armyworms are back, but government’s help isn’t Kampala, Uganda | Andrew S. Kaggwa | The rains are back but so is the dreaded fall armyworm. This time it is attacking maize at a much younger stage – meaning it will be more costly for the farmers than last season. …

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Scientists brainstorm on defeating armyworm

Scientific innovation and multi-institutional collaboration will be needed in the fight against the deadly armyworm ravaging farms across Africa, according to a group of scientists who attended a stakeholders consultation meeting on the Fall Armyworm in Nairobi recently. The scientists also called for quick, coordinated action and a massive awareness …

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Experts meet in Nairobi, agree plan to defeat Africa’s armyworm

Multi-pronged approach key for effectively defeating fall armyworm in Africa NAIROBI, Kenya  – Tackling the menace of the tenacious fall armyworm pest and avoiding economic hardship for smallholders across Africa requires multi-institutional collaboration, scientists attending a continental stakeholders consultation meeting on the fall armyworm, have said. In their meeting in …

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ANALYSIS: After armyworm

Is Uganda ready for the next big attack? Uganda is under attack. It is under attack from the Fall Armyworm in what experts call a “biological invasion”. Unfortunately, it appears, the government was caught unprepared. It has reacted with a mixture of indecision, panic, bluff, and deployment of ineffective intervention. …

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Crop-killing armyworm caterpillar reaches Rwanda, Kenya

Kigali, Rwanda | AFP |  Rwanda’s government announced on Wednesday it had discovered fall armyworm on its crops, making it the third east African country afflicted by the plant-eating pest also recently spotted in Kenya. Uganda confirmed last month that fall armyworm had entered its borders after devastating crops in …

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Crop-destroying armyworm caterpillars spread to Uganda

Uganda sets aside sh1 billion to fight armyworm Kampala, Uganda | AFP | A plague of crop-destroying fall armyworm caterpillars has spread to East Africa where officials confirmed their presence for the first time in Uganda on Friday. An outbreak of the caterpillars in several southern African nations has already …

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