Agriculture minister says cannot yet tell impact of pest on output

South Africa’s agriculture minister said on Monday america was taking measures to look for the extent of injury from an invasion of your crop-eating fall armyworm, and may not necessarily estimate the outcome on farm output.

This will be the very first time the pest has long been detected in Africa’s biggest grain producer. There may be extensive crop damage and has a preference for maize, the regional staple.

Countries with confirmed outbreaks can face import bans for their agricultural products because armyworm is assessed as a quarantine pest. The fall armyworm is definitely an invasive Central American species that is harder to detect and eradicate than its African counterpart.

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister, Senzeni Zokwana said the autumn armyworm has been positively identified from samples collected inside the northern Limpopo province.

He said the pest was really a strong flyer and could be offered by prevailing winds over large distances.

“It is difficult in crop production to determine the scale with the you may harvest as that process is informed by a number of additional circumstances along with the prevalence of rain … essential the rationale you want to react immediately is usually to make certain we minimize the wear and tear when it’s possible,” he told a media conference.

His ministry was registering pesticides for replacements about the fall armyworm as “no pesticide was previously registered to get used against it,” he stated. Two pesticides ended up registered.

Zokwana said Nigeria would be involved in a critical meeting called via the Food and Agricultural Organization in Zimbabwe’s capital in the near future to shape a coordinated emergency a reaction to the armyworm threat in your community.

Suspected outbreaks have also been noted in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. To follow a crippling El Nino-triggered drought which scorched a lot of areas last year, hitting crop production and leaving millions searching for food aid.

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