LISTEN: Rural farmer describes armyworm invasion

A concerned farmer in rural Limpopo says he is concerned that as rural farmers they may not get assistance from government to eradicate the fall armyworm.

He says he spotted a worm on his maize crops weeks ago and could not find a pesticide to kill them.

As rural farmers we are ignored by the Department of Agriculture. We farm on a very low scale.

Willie, Limpopo farmer

I have seen it with my neighbour. We are four farmers farming next to each other. It has affected us so badly.

Willie, Limpopo farmer

My fear is government will only look at big farmers, and forget that about us rural farmers.

Willie, Limpopo farmer

The crop-eating fall armyworm has been detected for the first time in South Africa.

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