Southern Africa Deals with Armyworm Infestation

Maize crops in southern Africa are being decimated by armyworms. This infestation has been particularly devastating as the maize crop was already suffering the effects of a severe drought that was brought on by last year’s El Niño. Zimbabwe has reportedly taken the worst damage with up to 70% of crops destroyed in some areas, while Zambia has resorted to using military planes to spread pesticides. Some are worried that if the armyworms continue to spread, the affected countries will be economically devastated. Many of these countries are making efforts to teach farmers how to identify and exterminate the worms to help combat this infestation.


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