Department of Agriculture to register pesticide to fight armyworm

Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana says government is working on finding a solution to the invasion of the crop-eating fall armyworm.

Armyworm has been detected for the first time in South Africa and it can cause extensive crop damage.

Zokwana says scientists are now testing pesticides that could be used to kill this pest.

It means if nothing is done between now and the time of harvest, we may loose some of the crops.

Senzeni Zokwana, Agriculture Minister

It's bad. Fortunately, our scientists have been able to find that within our regime of pesticides there are tools to deal with it.

Senzeni Zokwana, Agriculture Minister

Facts about armyworm

-It has a preference for maize, but also affects other crops such as sorghum, soy-beans and potatoes

-The pest is a good flyer which makes it difficult to contain to a specific area

-It could be distributed by winds over large distances

-Armyworms are classified as quarantine pests

-It is mostly found in Latin America

-Last year it was detected in Zimbabwe and Nigeria

Listen to Minister of Agriculture for more interventions to fight armyworm...

Listen to Limpopo farmer explaining how armyworm has affected his crops...

He says he is worried that they may not be able to get help from government as rural farmers.


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