Experts call for combined effort to eradicate fall armyworm



Controlling the fall Armyworm will require an integrated management approach from the East African region as a whole though there is no defined method of eradicating the pest.

Last year, the vicious fall armyworm was projected to have destroyed over 3 million bags of maize.

The level of infestation has however reduced this year with an estimated loss in yield of about 5 percent due to deliberate measures being deployed by both the national and the county government such as awareness creation, capacity building and distribution of chemical   and non-chemical methods to manage the spread of the pest.

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Experts say there is no defined method of eradicating fall armyworm. However, use of seed treatment technology currently being piloted in Zambia and Zimbabwe is proving effective in controlling the spread of the fall armyworm and limiting losses.

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They say controlling the Fall Armyworm requires an integrated management approach as there is not one product that will silence the pest indefinitely.

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They called on the government to fast track the registration of a technology which seeks to protect crops at an early stage.

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