Maize crop attacked by the Fall Armyworm, Zimbabwe 2018.
Photo: ©FAO/Edward Ogolla

16.08.2018

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Fall Armyworm likely to spread from India to other parts of Asia with South East Asia and South China most at risk, according to FAO.

The Fall Armyworm could threaten the food security and livelihoods of millions of small-scale farmers in Asia, the Food and Agriculture of the United Nations (FAO) warned in mid-August 2018. The invasive crop-eating pest is highly likely to spread further from India, with South East Asia and South China most at risk.
  
Recently detected in India - the first time it has been found in Asia - the insect has the capacity to fly over long distances (100 km per night) and ravage crops all year round given the region's favourable tropical and sub-tropical climate, which means there are always crops and weeds around that the Fall Armyworm can feed on. The Fall Armyworm can eat maize and some 80 other crops, including rice, vegetables, groundnuts and cotton.
   
In Asia, where small-scale farmers cultivate about 80 per cent of the region's farmland, rice and maize are among the most produced and consumed cereals.

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